Child Prep Classes

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BBK - April 4

Has anybody taken them? Some friends of mine did and they got overwhelmed, just by the first of three. If you took them did you think it was useful, or is it one of those things that complicate life for no good reason?

 

D - April 4

What kind of cla__ses are you referring to? The birth or the raising? I always thought I'd be reading all the books on pregnancy and early child rearing during my pregnancy. Well, when I first tested positive, I got them all out (I've collected quite a few second-hand over the years). I glanced at each one, said, "I can't handle this" and stuffed them all on the back shelf - I've not looked at one since. I think the cla__ses etc can be useful, but personally, I'm on emotional overload anyway, so I'm not ready for that! Maybe in a few weeks....

 

BBK - April 4

I don't know all the details, trying to get them from my friends now, but I think they are geared towards "caring for a newborn". I know these things did not exist a while back, but they could be useful. Another friend with a 3 year followed "the Secrets of the Baby Whisperer" and everything worked perfectly as they said in the book, when the baby was an infant.

 

D - April 4

I've looked at the t_tles and back covers on a few books... The ones I've looked at seem to be quite controversial! From a cursory glance online, it looks like the Baby Whisperer is in the same category as one of the ones I've looked at... namely, BabyWise. I know 3 people who have used BabyWise and/or Growing Kids God's Way (both by Gary Ezzo). The first family went with it awhile, then said it had some useful points, and did their own thing. The next one had the baby sleeping right on schedule, he was the happiest AND undercontrol infant I've ever seen. The third, my SIL says she got a lot of good ideas from it, but said she really felt it was best to pick and choose. She said that if she hadn't read it, she would have fallen into a lot of common pitfalls that now she is glad to have avoided.

 

nhb - April 4

I went to a b___stfeeding cla__s, and a newborn care cla__s, and that was it--my son is now 10 months old, and doing fine. I found those two quite useful, but it's really about your own preferences and knowledge--even once the baby's born, if you don't know what to do, call the doctor/a friend/email on here--someone will help you then. It's really a personal preference . . . What you think you need should be fine; you know yourself better than we do (I hope anyway) :o)

 

tara - April 4

We are taking them in May - on going for 7 weeks on child birth and taking care of an infant - and eventhough a lot of the stuff they talk about may be common sense I think it'll be nice to meet other couples that are at the same stage that we are in. I'm one that needs to know all that I can about delivery just becasue I'm so scared of what might happen and want to be prepared as much as I can. Where I live these cla__ses are also made to create a network of moms-to-be. So I think that part will be great. As far as them being overwhelming we have heard the same thing. Just imagine a bunch of pregnant, emotional, and sensative women in one room, many of whom are scared of delivery and on top of that there will be a lot of information to take in. I think as long as you are prepared for this it will be fine.

 

BBK - April 4

D, the controversial ones, are you talking about some that follow very strict rules and emphasize how you should just let the baby cry?...... some are right out fascist I heard. I'll check out Babywise (bookstore downstairs). Thanks! nhb and tara, thank you too. From what I gather we'll do them both for the info and the networking part of it.

 

D - April 4

That may be who I'm talking about. It seems to me I can find people who say that he says one thing, and others that say he says the opposite. I think the only way to give it a true evaluation is to look at it yourself! Thing is, I don't think any book should be blindly followed to the letter. Common sense needs to be used! Not the same technique is right for every situation, not to mention every child!

 

Maleficent - April 4

just my opinion but those baby wise books are pure garbage. those methods have been linked to countless cases of poor infant health and failure to thrive. i would NEVER recomend them to anyone.

 

BBK - April 4

Maleficent I saw a couple of reviews that called the Gary Ezzo book dangerous. It sounds fishy to me too especially with the scheduled feeding every 3 hours....... Thanks to everyone for their contributions!

 

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