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August 18, 2004

Babywise in Russian, part II

Earlier this year, I sadly discovered that Babywise is now being published in Russian, under the name "How to Teach A Baby to Sleep Through the Night."

Here's the advertising blurb, po-russki:

Как научить младенца спать всю ночь? Именно так и называется книга Гарри Эззо и Роберта Букнама, изданная новосибирским издательством Посох. Эта книга из серии Тихая ночь посвящена воспитанию детей первого года жизни. Каких только методик по воспитанию детей не существует!

Thanks to my friend Maria, we were able to get our experience with Ezzo parenting translated into Russian.

Yesterday, Hubby and I went to a Christian bookstore here in Kyiv. I asked the manager whether or not they had the Russian Babywise in stock. He assured me that while it wasn't on the shelf, he had recently ordered it. I handed him a copy of our story in Russian. After reading it, he was very upset. Hubby clarified some of the medical and Scriptural problems with Babywise. It was too late to cancel this order, but the manager said they wouldn't order it again.

We'll be going back in a few weeks, and I'm planning to take enough copies of our story so the manager can enclose them with the books and parents can, at least, get more information before choosing to implement Babywise's faulty ideas with their own children.

More Info:
At least 7000 copies published, from at least one publisher.
See the cover of Как научить младенца спать всю ночь: Книга о воспитании детей первого года жизни: Система "Тихая ночь", and read more at Ezzo.Info.

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It's funny, I don't think about Babywise much, but we had a playgroup this morning and one woman there has done it with both her boys and was talking about how wonderful it was. She was really surprised when I told her I wasn't a fan and had had a number of friends and acquaintances who had had very bad experiences with Ezzo.

She loves the planning and scheduling, and though her kids have never had weight issues or anything, she does wind up with bizarre schedules where her kids are eating lunch at 10 a.m. and I really can't say that they are better behaved or easier to deal with than any of the other kids that weren't Babywised.

It seems like even when Babywise works out ok, it really doesn't help much.

Posted by: Jordana at August 19, 2004 11:16 PM

Bravo to you, Tulipgirl, for doing more than kvetching about it. Hopefully your story added to the books will make a difference. I'm sorry, I am unable to read the babywise blurb in Russian. :-)

Posted by: Anne Basso at August 20, 2004 04:21 PM

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