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Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep (Growing Family Series) [Paperback]

William Sears
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April 1997 Growing Family Series
Parenting is a job that goes on twenty-four hours a day. NIGHTTIME PARENTING helps parents understand why babies sleep differently than adults, offers solutions to nighttime problems and even describes how certain styles of nighttime parenting can aid in child spacing and lower the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Renowned paediatrician Dr. William Sears helps you find a solution to your baby's sleepless nights. Directed at lessening night-waking and increasing your ability to cope, this understanding guide offers comprehensive, caring advice on: where your baby should sleep, what foods help children sleep, nighttime fathering, tips for single parents, getting children to bed without a struggle and much more. This indispensible guide offers comprehensive aring advice on: Identifying high-need children Bedtime rituals Nightmares Night nursing Tips for single parents and working mother Encouraging naps
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: La Leche League International; Revised edition (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912500530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912500539
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 (This edition has outdated sleep positions in reference to SIDS, imagine the newest edition corrects it.)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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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read before you have your baby 30 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding the information you need isn't easy. 15 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book provides practical information on finding a solution that will meet the needs of your family (needs of baby AND parent). It advocates responding to your baby's needs in a way that is very natural and loving.
Co-sleeping with your baby is not the only solution Dr. Sears suggests. For more information on co-sleeping historically and cross-culturally, I recommend The Family Bed by Tine Thevenin. If you're looking for solutions to your older baby's sleep problems, you may also want to see The Discipline Book by Dr. Sears.
I understand the urge of parents who want to have their babies trained to sleep through the night in a nursery room -- some times I wish for the free time I imagine that affords. But we have fewer night problems than people we know who follow other methods. It's easier to make choices as a parent when you sort your wants from your needs. Babies ask for what they need. We have a very peaceful time as a family by following Dr. Sears advice and it really shows in our toddler's daytime and nighttime behavior.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the sweetest book ever
this is a great book and it really helps you consider your child's feelings and the parents' ones too! It does not solve all your problems (and there is no book that can). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sonia Sartor
5.0 out of 5 stars Close to my heart
So much agree with the idea of co-sleeping, that's why I really love this book. I started co-sleaping when my little one was 7 months old after red this book... Read more
Published 14 months ago by danusko
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove
A treasure trove of useful, supportive information to guide us in caring for our babies and ourselves through the night, reminding us that loving, responsive parenting doesn't stop... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by Paris mom
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute must read
This book helped me keep breastfeeding my twins and probably saved my marriage! It was lovely to read and gave me all of the reassurance I needed to sleep safely with my twins... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by mummyscott
3.0 out of 5 stars Nighttime parenting
I haven't finished the book but it was an interesting book that enabled me to challenge my thoughts and consider if I was doing the right thing by my son. Read more
Published on 2 April 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nighttime Parenting
A great and reassuring read after reading 'baby training' books. This book just confirmed what I already knew - trust and follow your intuition.
Published on 17 Feb 2010 by J. Czaplicka
1.0 out of 5 stars Read only if you plan to co-sleep with your baby
I am a tremendous fan of Dr. Sears and own several of his books, but this one is completely off-base. Read more
Published on 14 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Another MUST READ from Dr. Bill and Martha Sears
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... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Good AND Bad
I bought this book because we were having problems getting our 8wk old to sleep in her crib. I read the suggestion of moving the crib next to the parent's bed with the rail off,... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Nighttime problems: BUY THIS BOOK!
This book is a lifesaver for any parent who struggles with getting their baby or child to sleep. It's reassuring and comforting and is full of great advice. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 1999
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