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Designed for the very many parents of babies with sleeping difficulties, this is a practical, solution-focused and objective guide to helping your baby get the rest they need. This book gives you the tools you need to find the solution that most suits you, whatever the difficulty. It draws on the very latest research and clinical expertise to address the needs of babies at each stage of early development, offering case studies, tips and helping you to devise a sleep plan with which you feel truly comfortable. It will address a variety of different special needs, from colic to night terrors in older toddlers, and will also provide welcome support for other carers and family members, from babysitters and childminders to grandparents and siblings. Written by a qualified health visitor and independent sleep expert with a proven track record, it will enable all parents to regain a sense of empowerment, motivation and emotional wellbeing and - even more importantly - help babies to get the rest they need, when they need it.
Andrea Grace's Gentle Sleep Solutions includes:
Chapter 1: Sleep: the facts and background
The nature of your baby's sleep
REM and NREM sleep
REM sleep in babies
NREM sleep in babies
The sleep cycles
How much sleep do babies need?
Chapter 2: What every baby needs for a good night's sleep
Getting the timing right
Other sleep cues
Safe sleeping for babies: how to reduce the risk of cot death
Does your child have a sleep problem?
Chapter 3: Sleep advice for the first six months
Nought to six weeks
Six weeks to four months
Four to six months
Why do babies cry?
Coping with a crying baby
How to settle a crying baby during the night
Babies who will sleep only in your arms
Feeding at night - to feed or not to feed?
Chapter 4: Sleep advice for six- to twelve-month old babies
Is your baby still waking during the night?
Becoming more mobile
What do I do if my baby won't lie down?
Why won't my baby sleep in her cot?
Day-time naps between six and twelve months
The older baby who will sleep only in your bed
Dropping night breast feeds
Dropping night bottle feeds
Chapter 5: Sleep advice for one- to two-year-olds
Suddenly refusing to go to bed
The changing face of day-time naps
The great dummy debate
Babies who have good settling skills but still wake during the night
Climbing out of the cot Chapter 6: Family life
Brothers and sisters
Bringing up your baby alone
Twins and triplets
A guide for grandparents...and sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and best friends
How does paid childcare fit into the picture
Chapter 7: Special babies
Babies with longer-term medical conditions
Chapter 8: Getting ready for change
Keeping a sleep diary
What kind of a sleep problem does your baby have...and why?
Aiming for a goal
Taking care of the practicalities...and caring for yourself
Chapter 9: Taking control and helping your baby to sleep well
Choosing the method that will work for you
Designing your baby's sleep plan
Making it work
A word about naps and timing
Evaluating your success and getting the support you need
What if your sleep plan hasn't worked?
Chapter 10: Keeping on the right track
Going on holiday
A new baby in the family
Your own sleep needs
Enjoying the fruits of your success
Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:
Not got much time?
One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.
Extend your knowledge
Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.
Five things to remember
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.
Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.