- 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 (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,187,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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!
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish I read this before my baby was born, it's a must read for every parent and try to read it before your child arrives to give them a good and correct start with their sleep. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Aika
Book has some useful tips and information but is very badly written and has a limited amount on newborns which is what I was after. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Paula MacKenzie
This book saved my life. Go with the theory that better naps means better nights and it will work!! We didnt do the complete cry-it-out method and did go in every like 10 mins or... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bethan Faflik
I am happy about this purchase and it's a good book! must read!Published 15 months ago by Prezhneve