Saturday, August 29, 2015

Babywise, GKGW & Other Ezzo Programs

Babywise, GKGW and other Ezzo programs

Babywise, Growing Kids God's Way [GKGW] and other parenting programs developed by Gary Ezzo and Anne Marie Ezzo are marketed through the Ezzos' for-profit organization, Growing Families International [GFI].

Churches promote the Ezzos' parenting classes and parents enthusiastically spread the word about these books and classes that promise to end sleepless nights for parents while developing virtue in babies and children.

Ardent Adherents

booksThese programs have many ardent adherents who view the Ezzos as rescuing them from a chaotic family life ruled by undisciplined children that other families who don't use their methods must surely experience.

Professional Concern

Yet health-care professionals and notable Christian leaders have expressed strong concerns and even alarm about these programs.

Information and Documentation

This website provides information and documentation about the health, child development, and theological concerns that experts and parents have reported regarding Babywise and other parenting books and programs authored by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo.  Of course, parenting choices and values are very personal and there are a range of ways to parent well. was established in the belief that correct information empowers parents to make good decisions.

  • Professionals Say
  • Signs of Hunger
  • Recent Research
  • A Mom Says

Rosemary Shy, MD , FAAP
Director, Children's Choice of Michigan Ambulatory Pediatrics
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Wayne State University, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Mich

"It is dangerous to do it the way he describes," Pediatrician Dr. Rosemary Shy says of Ezzo's technique. "It puts these babies at risk for jaundice, at risk for dehydration, and at risk for failing to thrive, all of which we’ve seen."

Wilson, Steve, "Baby Care Controversy," WXYZ-Detroit, November 14, 2004

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Watch Your Baby's Signs of Hunger

Although Babywise says to feed a hungry baby, it usually instructs parents to observe a time interval between feedings, or a certain order of events, such as only feeding the baby after she wakes up. There's another way to tell that your baby is hungry. You can watch your baby for her own signs of hunger.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends watching for the following early signs or

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Maternal use of parent led routines associated with short breastfeeding duration.

Published Feb 12, 2014
Brown A, Arnott B (2014) Breastfeeding Duration and Early Parenting Behaviour: The Importance of an Infant-Led, Responsive Style. PLoS ONE 9(2): e83893. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0083893

"Results: Formula use at birth or short breastfeeding duration were significantly associated with low levels of nurturance, high levels of reported anxiety and increased maternal use of Parent-led routines . Conversely an infant-led approach characterised by responding

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Our first child was born in the summer of 09, and I promptly began trying to apply the Babywise method. The book had been highly recommended by a distant relative, and promised structure and sanity amidst the exhaustion and upheaval I felt as a new mother. However, our baby did not respond the way the book promised he would if we followed the schedule. All my attempts to adhere to the book led to deep frustration, arguments
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Babywise and Preparation for Parenting

Free downloadable parent education brochure

  • research-based answers
  • print and share with your pediatrician
  • leave some with your health department
  • Give one to your pastor or Christian ed department

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Key Documentation

Excommunition Statement

Statement about Ezzo - Materials

Statement about Ezzo - Character

"The Cultic Characteristics of Growing Families International"
(originally titled "More than a Parenting Ministry")

(orginally titled "A Matter of Bias?")

Unprepared to Teach Parenting?

Babywise Publisher Plans Contract Cancellation

Media Alert