I found this on another website and just thought I'd post it. I'm not sure how true it is, though. "Okay I know this is long but here are several excerpts about Babywise
Having survived nearly a decade of controversy surrounding his childcare advice, self-proclaimed parenting expert Gary Ezzo has nearly lost his publisher. Multnomah, the Christian publisher that created the surprise bestseller, The Prayer of Jabez, told Ezzo, coauthor of On Becoming Babywise, it wanted to sever relations. In the aftermath, Ezzo's editor resigned.In February, Multnomah commissioned editor Jeff Gerke to investigate long-standing allegations by parents, physicians, and church leaders that the book's advice to parents puts infants at risk of poor development. Gerke, who joined Multnomah's staff after Babywise had been published, edited several of Ezzo's other parenting books. Gerke concluded that Ezzo's materials were dangerous, based on his interviews with former Ezzo employees and medical professionals.
A major focus of Babywise is to get infants to sleep all night as soon as possible. But some pediatricians, when comparing newborns whose parents use Ezzo's guidelines to other infants, have noted a higher incidence of inadequate weight gain, dehydration, and failure to thrive. Critics also sharply question other Babywise emphases, such as introducing a form of spanking in children younger than 2 (CT, Nov. 13, 2000, p. 70).
Two Babywise companion books describe coauthor Robert Bucknam as a faculty member at the University of Colorado's Medical School. Yet three sources at the medical school verified that Bucknam has never been employed as a faculty member there.
Furthermore, when Bucknam became coauthor of Babywise in 1993, he had been in practice as a pediatrician for less than a year and was first introduced to Ezzo's methods while attending a local course for new parents. Yet Babywise says that it provides a "needed reformation to pediatric counsel."
Also, Multnomah has described Ezzo as having an M.A. in Christian education, although the author holds no such degree.
Bucknam is a pediatrician, but Ezzo is not medically trained. He is often referred to as a Christian minister, yet he lacks formal theological training, has not been ordained, and has never had his own congregation
Ezzo's method is based on a highly structured feed / wake / sleep routine. It's a 24-hour infant management program he calls parent-directed feeding, or PDF. This means that you, not your baby, decide when he eats, sleeps, and wakes. Ezzo sets out strict hourly, daily, and weekly feeding schedules that he says will teach your infant to sleep through the night by eight weeks if you follow them faithfully.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a media alert reaffirming its position that scheduled feedings may put babies at risk for poor weight gain and dehydration and that all babies be fed on demand.
"Parent-Directed Feedings" -- Apparently, in Gary Ezzo's world, babies are smart enough to manipulate parents from birth, yet too stupid to figure out when they're hungry.
Physical Punishment -- This includes spanking with rubber/wooden implements!
"Playpen Time" -- This entails leaving infants alone in a playpen for two periods per day (up to an hour each!), even if they cry the entire time, to promote independence, orderliness, etc. (in an INFANT?!?)
"Highchair Manners" -- Among other things, Baby sits in the highchair with his hands at his sides. He is fed ONLY by an adult. If he attempts to touch his food, he is physically punished. By the way, b__wing "raspberries," a universal and beneficial activity among infants, is considered an "offense" and a "violation" by Gary Ezzo.
Potty Training -- When a toddler has what most would call an accident (apparently, Ezzo thinks it's willfull and manipulative), he is humiliated and forced to clean the mess up by himself."