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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A step-by-step programme for a good night's sleep [Paperback]

Dr Marc Weissbluth
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Book Description

7 April 2005

In this completely revised and expanded edition, Dr Marc Weissbluth - a leading paediatrician - updates his groundbreaking approach to solving and preventing children's sleep problems, from infancy through to adolescence.

In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for parents for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of their child's natural sleep cycles. This valuable sourcebook outlines the best course of action for sleep problems: prevention and treatment; reveals the common mistakes parents make to get their children to sleep; helps stop the crybaby syndrome, nightmares and bedwetting and provides new material on:

- how to handle 'nap-resistant' kids and when to start sleep training

- help for working mums and children with sleep issues

- the father's role in comforting children

- the benefits and drawbacks of allowing kids to sleep in the family bed

And much more.

Rest is vital to children's health, growth and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (7 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009190255X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091902551
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I love Dr. Weissbluth' s philosophy that the most important thing to have is a well-rested family. And fortunately, thanks to this book, most days (and nights) we do!" (Cindy Crawford)

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The perennial favourite for parents who want to get their kids to sleep with ease

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars research-based advice 6 Jun 2007
This has been the most helpful book I have read on the subject of child sleeping patterns and I wish I had read it before our baby was born, because as a previous reviewer has pointed out, there are issues with layout, repetition and consistency. One needs time to digest and understand the book and it can indeed be difficult to follow if one is already sleep deprived. For example, key recommendations highlighted in boxes on some pages, such as "Never wake a sleeping baby", are qualified in the body of the text (wake a sleeping baby if to let her sleep would interfere with that child's daily sleeping pattern): this can be initially confusing and we often had to read the same chapter a number of times in order to appreciate the subleties of the advice and the nuances for our own child. I didn't expect a "one size fits all" solution, however, so a certain complexity to the book seems understandable.

Such difficulties aside, we relied heavily on the book at months 3 to 4 and it helped us to understand the reasons for the changes to our baby's sleeping patterns and the importance of helping her learn to get to sleep by herself. From being woken every 2 hours throughout the night and our daughter being unable to nap for longer than 40 minute periods during the day (and consequently behaving as if she had attention deficit disorder and being generally a bit miserable when she was awake), we now at 8 months have (and have had since 4 months) a happy, relaxed baby who sleeps 11 or 12 hours at night and naps well and easily during the day: this has been literally life-changing and marriage saving.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the bits I used have been a real help 13 Dec 2006
I have read the other reviews and can't really comment on whether it would have been helpful to me with an infant deciding how to sleep train, as I didn't come across this book until I had two pre-schoolers, and wanted to know about their sleep needs and why they woke early.

For me the useful parts were the information about bedtimes, spotting the signs of first stages of sleepiness, how we often put children down later than they need because we don't read their signs, and what effects an earlier bed time can have. Like another reviewer I also had ditched the nap for my youngest when I read it, and also felt a bit bad. We didn't consider reinstating it because it would have been too disruptive, but we did opt to make up some sleep at night.

So we did try the theory of bringing the bedtime forward, rather sceptically, and it worked for us, although it is logistically very difficult and still requires a lot of things to fit round their bedtime, but it has paid off in other ways.

I didn't find the format very user friendly in many ways, and I don't know if the ideas would work for everyone, it certainly isn't a book of tips, as another reviewer said. But I did find it the best overall source of information on children and sleep and has widened my understanding enormously. I'm very glad I came across it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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After buying about every book about sleep under the sun, I've found this one to be the most comprehensive and clearly explained. It doesn't offer quick fix solutions (which tend to undermine your confidence if they don't work), but rather looks at how children sleep, the various problems and how you can tackle them. Dr Weissbluth has years of pediatric sleep research under his belt and provides plenty of case studies in the book which are realistic and capture the breadth of his experience. The tone of this book is not at all judgemental which is extremely reassuring when nothing seems to be working with getting your baby to sleep!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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After becoming totally demoralised by the Baby Whisperer I was thrilled to find this book so informative, encouraging, well-researched and clearly outlined.

Generally, Dr. Weissbluth does a good job of describing the science of sleep in laymom's terms and I clearly recognized my daughter in his descriptions of wired babies. Unlike other expert book writers, Weissbluth is a trained medical professional with decades of experience which gave me faith in his recommendations. His recommendations are also well supported with external research by leading child psychologists so again you are not relying solely on one person's opinion. Most importantly he's not judgemental or faddy about how you set about getting your baby to sleep.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars advice works but lot to take in 16 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
the advice is great and it DOES work. however when you have a screaming child to see too and are sleep deprived the first 250 pages are not worth reading as it is just the science behind sleep, very fascinating and helps you understand why sleep is so important. there is a lot of 'conflicting' advice such as 'never wake a sleeping baby' but then goes on to say 'wake the child so not to interfere with the next nap' and 'wake child to get them into the correct routine', the original advice is aimed at not waking for own pleasure such as going out for lunch or shopping but that isn't made clear until near the end so it seams conflicting when reading that chapter. that aside this book is great a bit scatty the way it is put together but that isn't the authors fault.
i was also concerned that it would just have one type of sleep solution and if it didn't work id have to buy a new book however this book looks at all temperament of children and has a solution for each 'type' of child and also a sleep correction that is good for the parent such as 'no cry' 'cry a little' and 'cry it out'
MY experience
my baby is 4 months old and WE had created bad habits as he was diagnosed with reflux at 4 weeks and we started rocking bouncing to help soothe his pain but now hes 4 month and the reflux is under control we needed to stop the bad habits as he was getting up 8 times a night at 4 months i look like a zombie. i put all my effort into putting the routine in order, it took 24 hours to get him sorted yes 24 hours :) he went from 2 half hour naps in the day and getting up 8 times a night to having 2 2 hours naps in the day with a small 20 min nap late afternoon and going to bed settling himself to sleep and sleeping from 5pm till 6am only getting up twice for feeds then settling himself back to sleep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful tips on sleeping for kids giving options for differently...
Very useful tips on sleeping for kids giving options for differently minded parents and explanations for little sleepers age groups. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Lenka Rubesova
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This booked saved my sanity. Thank you Dr Marc Weissbluth
Published 14 days ago by Sally-Ann
2.0 out of 5 stars Great in theory, but lacking in practice
This is one of the few baby books I wish I had not bought. Before having my son, the advise sounded all great and reasonable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by An Svinarova
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've found in this genre!
Good action plans though I won't do the crying it out stuff but one of the best books in this genre I've read - and I've read a lot of them! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zofia Trembecka
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice
Excellent book. Informative and easy to read. A must for new parents who want to understand more about baby sleep.
Published 3 months ago by Fiona Allen
2.0 out of 5 stars Really needs an editor!
I'm rather surprised that this book has been published as it desperately needs they attention of a professional editor. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Madmedea
5.0 out of 5 stars Best sleep book ever.
This book was invaluable to my daughter and her baby son and gave them both the magic of a proper night's sleep.
Published 6 months ago by Valerie E Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This book is great. When you're exhausted it allows you to have a clear objective and it works very quickly if you follow the extinction method. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss B Braghittoni
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Saver
I have 1 year old twins and this book has been a godsend. I purchased the book about a month after their birth, and whilst finding the time to read it was difficult, it has been... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only read one baby sleep book make it this one
Really excellent book covering normal sleep and sleep problems in children right from newborn to the teenage years, including naps. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dr. S. Bell
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