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Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep (Growing Family Series) Paperback – 13 Apr 1997

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  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: La Leche League International; Revised edition (13 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912500530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912500539
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 2004
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This book says, basically, "breastfeed and cosleep and you
won't have a problem". Now, that may well be true for most
families - but if you've breastfed and coslept since the
beginning, and you *do* have a problem, it's frustrating and
unhelpful! Much as I admire Sears, this book went into the
charity-shop-box. I recommend Pantley's "The No Cry Sleep
Solution" instead.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 April 1999
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Nighttime Parenting is an invaluable guide for new parents. (This edition has outdated sleep positions in reference to SIDS, imagine the newest edition corrects it.) Yes, it does center around breastfeeding and the family bed. This should not alienate those who don't breastfeed or family bed - you still get valuable information and tips.
BUT the best thing about the book was the attitude and (nicely worded) reminder of three things:
(1) parenting does not stop at bedtime,
(2) being a doctor or even a pediatrician does not mean one is an expert on PARENTING, and
(3) many of the popular cure-all books on the market treat children's nighttime needs as problems. Certainly there are sleep disorders, but many doctors and books ignore that fact that infants are designed to awaken frequently. We've all heard it but new parents need to be reminded: this has been built into us for centuries as a survival mechanism. Until very recently in human existance, all babies slept next to their parents. If the babies awoke and were alone, they were at danger from predators and needed to cry and be found, to survive. Further, babies have tiny stomachs and breastmilk is designed to be easily digested. Babies wake up at night to eat - a very natural and essential fact.
Manipulating or forcing your baby to adhere to rigid sleeping schedules may get you 6 to 8 hours of sleep, but there are more natural techniques to ensure that ALL family members have a more enjoyable sleep.
My daughters have both slept through the night from 4 weeks. We do the family bed, and I still nurse my 9 month old. She surfaces to nurse but we both sleep through it, so she truly does sleep through the night.
We had the same anxieties that other new parents do, and this book helped us use our own common sense with confidence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun. 1999
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I don't know what I would have done without the great books from Dr. Bill and Martha Sears. I knew what I felt was the right way to parent by listening to my "mother's intuition", but I was also hearing a lot of conflicting advice. I was constantly being told not to nurse my 6-month old daughter to sleep, not to let her sleep in our bedroom, and not to feed her at night. After reading this book from Dr. Bill, I not only let my daughter sleep in my room, she is now in the bed with me. We both sleep so much better, since she can nurse without either of us waking up. It is a perfect scenario for today's busy lifestyle. Even as a stay-at-home mom, sometimes I don't get the private bonding time that I would like, so night time is our special time to cuddle together. She knows that her father and I are always there for her - not just when it is convenient for us. I have also started finding MANY people who share sleep with their children, and I feel much more confident about my mothering skills. I can't imagine my daughter being stuck in a room by herself alone, and Iam so thankful that I read this book from Dr. Sears. What a gift to bond with your child at night.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug. 1999
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If I'd read this, I'd have gotten rid of my waterbed before ourbaby was born, instead of spending nights on the couch until we could take it down and put a safe bed up. The family bed has become one of the best parts about having children. Nothing beats waking up to happy babies instead of hearing crying through the monitor. Or noticing your child has a fever, because the feel of her hot skin wakes you up, and you are able to take care of her before she wakens and becomes upset. Or, sensing your child's unrest and waking up and fetching a bucket/bin *before* she throws up. In three years and two children, I've never had to change soiled sheets, I've never had a rough morning awakening. Perhaps the best is hearing your child say, in the middle of the night, "Mommy? I love you mommy" and feeling an arm flung over your shoulders as your child falls back asleep. Or laying between the people you love most in the world, listening to the precious child breaths. This book taught me how to be patient and trusting of my instincts in the face of noneducated but well-meaning relatives and friends. My children are wonderful sleepers and we are all well-rested, but more importantly, we parents are more patient and educated about nighttime parenting needs. I'm only disappointed my sister has chosen to keep her waterbed and let her baby sleep elsewhere. They are both missing out on the best experience.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan. 1997
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For parents who are looking for an alternative to the
"cry-it-out" theory of getting their baby or child to sleep,
this is the book for you. William Sears provides practical
advice on everything from the causes of night-waking in
infants and children to the best furniture to buy for
the children to sleep on. He covers important information
about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, night terrors, bed-wetting,
thumbsucking, nighttime fathering tips, nighttime
parenting of high-need babies, and much more. Working moms
will particularly like this book because it will give them
practical advice on how to ensure their young baby "knows
who their mom is!" Sears' advice not only works, but it just
plain "feels right". I've raised my two kids (now 2-1/2 and 10 mos)
using his advice, and it really works. A "must buy" for every
parent's library.
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