You may have noticed that I link up once or twice a month with the girls from the BFBN (that’s Babywise Friendly Blog Network) to swap posts or write about a similar topic.
And because I don’t think I’ve ever explained it, you might be wondering what the heck is the BFBN? Today each of us in the Babywise Friendly Blog Network are posting about what the BFBN is and who is involved.
WHAT IS THE BFBN?
In 2007, Valerie from Chronicles of a Babywise Mom started her blog with aim to help parents with some of their questions about the Babywise book and sleep strategy. And my gosh, has it been helpful. I stumbled upon the site when my first baby was still a newborn and I’ve been thanking my lucky stars ever since. Four years later I still return back to that blog on the regular to get my sleep, schedule, and parenting questions answered.
Four years after she started the blog, Valerie started the Babywise Friendly Blog Network – a network of bloggers who all followed the Babywise method and could work together to create an even bigger resource for parents. Over time the specific bloggers in the group have changed but the goal has remained the same: to aid and encourage readers in finding success with Babywise.
You need only type the word “babywise” into a search engine to discover what a controversial parenting method it is. And don’t you dare bring it up in a playgroup – you’re liable to get steam rolled by angry and ignorant sanctimommies. The BFBN is a friendly place where parents are free to openly discuss taboo terms like “feeding schedules” and “cry it out.” There you can scream from the mountaintops I put my baby on a schedule so I could finally get some sleep! without being demonized or reported to CPS. We are a group of women who raise babies like our grandmothers did, and then write about it.
WHO’S IN THE BFBN?
So now that you understand what the BFBN is, here’s a list of who it’s comprised of and links to a few of their most popular Babywise posts.
Valerie Plowman, from Chronicles of a Babywise Mom:
Valerie is mom to 4 kids ages 5 to 12. She lives in Utah and continues to post on her blog day in and day out, helping countless of confused moms like myself. Her site is a wealth of information, let me tell you. In the last ten years she has covered nearly every single Babywise topic (and more!) and her blog continues to be an encouragement and valuable resource to me. You can read more about Valerie here and check out a few of her posts below.
Newborn Index (I find her kids’ summaries particularly helpful)
Carrie Wiley, from Wiley Adventures:
Carrie is also mom to 4 kids (ages 2 to 9). I just love Carrie. She’s passionate about raising kids who love reading, love others, and love the Lord. You can read more about her here, and check out a few of her Babywise posts below:
Katrina Villegas, from Mama’s Organized Chaos:
Katrina has a 2 year old girl and another on the way. She is a former engineer and high school chemistry teacher, which offers an interesting scientific spin to some of her posts. You can read more about Katrina here, and view a few Babywise favorites below:
Kimberly Cartwright, from Team Cartwright:
Kimberly is mom to 3 kids – a 3 year old and a set of 17 month old identical twin girls (incidentally, one of them is also named Sam!). Kimberly’s twins are just a few months older than mine, so she’s been a built in trailblazer for me in terms of scheduling (and breastfeeding!) twins. I love learning by her example. You can read more about Kimberly here and check out some of her Babywise posts below:
Emily Parker, from The Journey of Parenthood:
Emily is mom to 3 and is currently pursuing the adoption of a fourth. She is disciplined but fun and loves Disneyland, Dave Ramsey, and Jesus. Read more about her here and view some of her Babywise posts below:
Natasha Combs, from Let’s Be Brave:
Natasha is my hero. She has four kids (ages 2 months to 6), three of whom she adopted out of the foster care system. She has fostered numerous other children as well and blogs openly about both the joy and the difficulty involved in fostering. You can read more about her here and view her popular Babywise posts below:
Caitlin Rogers, from Rogers Party of 5:
Caitlin is the newest member of the BFBN. She has 16 month old twin girls and a 3 year old boy. We share a love for (black) coffee and wine. She’s a former music teacher and her totally blunt writing style has me laughing every time. Read more about her here and check out her Babywise posts below:
So there you have it, the Babywise Friendly Blog Network. Come back July 10-14 for BFBN week, where we will be posting daily about a (yet to be determined) Babywise topic.