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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child (Revised) [ HEALTHY SLEEP HABITS, HAPPY CHILD (REVISED) ] by Weissbluth, Marc (Author) Apr-12-1999 [ Paperback ] Mass Market Paperback – 12 Apr 1999

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (12 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449004023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449004029
  • ASIN: B007NBBLZM
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 994,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
A friend gave us this book and we set it aside as Dr. W. believes that until a child is four months old, natural sleep rythms guide napping and nighttime sleep. We picked it up when our daughter was three months old and have followed his advice to the letter. Our daughter, at nearly 8 months, takes two, 2-3 hour naps, goes to bed at 7:30 and sleeps until 6 or 6:30. She rarely awakens in the night, and if she does we can link it back to poor napping.
Dr. W's advice that young infants need to nap every 2-3 hours works so well that our daycare provider borrowed the book to deal with a child whose parents said he didn't need naps at eight months old. (This little boy demanded to be held all day and fussed even while being held.) Now the little boys naps along with our daughter. And our daycare provider has become the consultant to other daycare providers in the area. She's bought her own copy of the book and believes it works. So do we.
We are so thankful someone gave us this gift. Otherwise we would have done as so many couples do and just hauled our daughter around with us as we lived our actives lives, allowing her to catnap in the car or stroller when she had a chance.
Every few months we pull the book out to see what stage we are likely to face next and what Dr. W. recommends. He hasn't been wrong yet. Plus, since our baby sleeps so much, her immunities remain strong and she has only had two colds since beginning full-time daycare in September.
Now this is our gift of choice for our friends. It is our gift to their baby and to them. Well rested parents make for happy parents!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Maher on 19 Jun. 2012
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I have a happy baby. She Is a little ray of sunshine during the day but she doesn't sleep at night very well, she sleeps in blocks of 3-4 hours. I don't care, if the way to get her to sleep all night is to leave her crying, alone and scared until she falls asleep with exhaustion...occasionally vomitting with crying so much, is the way to do it then I know what I would rather do. This book upset me. It's natural a child wants their mother, why is it made to be so wrong? My son slept through when he was a little older and I dont doubt my daughter will. In fact everyone I know had their baby sleep through when they were ready and none resorted to these extreme methods. If baby cries so much at night then it could be because of another reason...reflux perhaps. I think a kinder solution is the No Cry Sleep Method by Elizabeth Pantley which we will be starting when my daughter is a little older. At least I will be able to sleep at night (hopefully!) knowing I haven't subjected my daughter to crying alone in the dark wondering why her mummy doesn't come to her.
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After a rocky start (our son was born 6 weeks early and was eventually diagnosed with Acid Reflux at 3 months old- by which time we had already gotten in to 'bad' habits), I was desperate to get our baby to sleep through the night and we also needed help with nap times too. I had tried everything. I found this book quite patronising and it focused on traditional family set ups (i.e. Mum stays at home to look after baby and Dad goes to work 9-5 Mon to Fri) - but I guess this is probably indicative of the time it was written (1980s). Whilst I was a stay at home mum, my husband works away a lot and therefore, I didn't have any help through the night. Fortunately my parents were around during the day to help out and let me catch up on sleep (thank goodness for grandparents!!!). I think that in the 21st Century, the family dynamic has changed- so the book needs to be edited to reflect this.
However, I did learn some interesting facts about sleep patterns in babies and children which helped me implement a better nap routine. Eventually my son did sleep through and learned to self soothe, but it was more down to my instincts than this book! Not sure I would recommend it, but I would lend it to friends and family for a different perspective on sleep training.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2003
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This book was reccomended to my by a father of two lovely girls that kept him awake during the night until he found this book. I bought this book four weeks after my baby was born (when the baby sleeping honey moon was wearing off and she was refusing to sleep during the day. I followed Dr. Weissbluth advice and now I have am the happy mother of a nine month old that sleeps from 8pm to 8am and takes two two-hour naps during the day, what a bliss!!.
It is an excellent book to learn about the basics of sleep (adult & child), what sleeping patterns to expect according to the baby's age and how to help your child to sleep well.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 July 1999
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We used the family bed and other very soft methods of getting our daughter to sleep (Sears) until she started to wake much more frequently to nurse (every 1-2 hours at 8-10months). I knew this was too often.
When I read the data in the book about total numbers of sleep hours required (she had also had many colds in a row), I knew we had to try something. At 11 months we set up a night vision video camera in her room and did what the book said.
It was a tough several days, and it probably took another month or two to get the nap routine really down (inconsistent caregiver techniques), but almost immediately she was sleeping from 8-6. It's been 5 months, and except for minor teething and illness waking, its been great. I don't regret the family bed. It was a special time for us. But when things didn't work, this book really helped us out. She's been well rested and healthy for months now.
If it's time for a change from the family bed, I reccomend this technique. Our night vision camera (and the older age of our daughter) made it obvious to us what was going on in her mind. She did learn to sleep and now will often smile at me and even kiss me through the bars of the crib before I leave the room. She's happy and she knows I will see her in the morning.
Good luck!
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