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Great Expectations: Baby Sleep Guide Paperback – 7 Jun 2014

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Sandy Jones, MA, is the co-author with her daughter, Marcie Jones, of Great Expectations: Babys First Year and Great Expectations: Best Baby Gear . She has written for numerous publications and has appeared on television shows. Marcie Jones, MA, is a freelance writer and editor, a pregnancy and baby expert, as well as a mother. She has written numerous articles for pregnancy and parenting magazines and is co-creator and co-author of the Great Expectations book series.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
favorite baby book series: Great Expectations 28 Jan. 2012
By Montana P. - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a great, succinct reference book. It describes the science behind sleep patterns, summarizes sleep development succinctly and chronologically, and helps you determine if and when a sleep training regimen is appropriate at that stage. The bookjacket says: "Inside you'll learn: Why babies sleep differently from adults; The keys to preventing sleep deprivation; How to keep your baby's sleep space safe; Tips that work-from parents who've been through it; The latest sleep research findings and surveys to hep you make educated decisions; Internet resources, including research centers, shopping sites, support organizations, and sleep-related parent blogs and hotlines". A summary of sleep training is presented including the following methods: extinction, graduated extinction, positive routines and faded bedtime, scheduled awakenings, and parent education and prevention. I had no clue about the nomenclature of sleep strategies, and this laid it all out in 14 pages, perfect for the sleep deprived mom!

I'll admit I spent too much money purchasing baby guide books and wish I just purchased the books from this series. I read a few chapters of this book before my son was born and continue to refer to it (he's 6 weeks old). Other books that include one method of sleep training were too verbose and dogmatic. I didn't need the same 5 points repeated over and over again, even if they work very well!: The Happiest Baby on the Block, The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night's Rest for the Whole Family (Sears Parenting Library). If you are interested in these specific sleep training guides, I recommend heading to the nearest library and spend 5 minutes flipping through them to get the gist and then refer back to the Great Expectations guide to help guide you through the different sleep stages. Another plus of the books in this series is the jacket covers can be used as bookmarks and they are easy to read with one hand holding baby. Check out these : Great Expectations: Becoming a Dad: The First Three Years and Great Expectations: The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding

I suspect the ratings for other sleep guides are influenced by how well the method works, rather than whether or not you need to purchase the book. This book is one to purchase.
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Great General Sleep Guide 26 Oct. 2011
By Sassy7783 - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am a first time mom with a 10 week old baby and I found this sleep guide very helpful. It seemed to offer a very common sense approach. Prior to reading this book, I read On Becoming Baby Wise by Gary Ezzo, and stressed myself out by trying to put my newborn on a strict schedule. After reading this book, I began watching my baby for sleep cues and using a chart like the book suggested. Before reading the book I was having a really hard time getting my baby to take naps during the day in his crib. I didn't feel right letting him "cry it out" like several other sleep guides suggested. Between paying attention to my babies cues and using the "nap time put down," I am happy to report he has began taking regular naps (in his crib) throughout the day. We also have him on a consistent nighttime routine and he has been sleeping though the night for the past several weeks.
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great guide 18 Nov. 2012
By Daiva - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book.I often looked for guidance during times when our son gave us hard time going to sleep.I would recomend this book to first-time parents.
this book is great. I wish I would have read it before ... 7 Jan. 2015
By Christin - Published on
Format: Paperback
this book is great. I wish I would have read it before my baby was born. this has been very reassuring to my husband and me, especially as we have started to see some of the sleep regression and other issues come up as our baby continues to grow and develop.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Provides a general overview 25 Jan. 2011
By Earthnut - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is mainly oriented to parents-to-be, which is the best time to read a baby sleep book, but it's not so helpful to families who already are struggling with poor sleep. It has an overview of sleep training methods: Extinction Method, Graduated Extinction, Positive Routines, Scheduled Awakenings, and Extended Bed Sharing, but doesn't go into a lot of detail about them.
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