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Save Our Sleep

Save Our Sleep [Kindle Edition]

Tizzie Hall
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"Australian sleep guru" (The Times)

Book Description

The secret to helping your child to sleep all night, every night, from international baby sleep expert Tizzie Hall

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 820 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Australia (1 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054HUT3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying 26 July 2012
By Kareme
"I absolutely believe that it would do no emotional or psychological damage to a baby to protest for six or seven hours if that's what it takes" pg.200

If this direct quote does not put you off this book then I can't imagine what will.

If you view your baby as an opponent and want to 'win' (winning is mentioned many times in the book) then this is the book for you. Helpful top tips such as making yourself a 'score chart' allocating a point to your baby if you can't stand the screaming and give in and one to you if you can tough it out, apparently if you do this 'after a few days you will be winning every time' seriously??

A section called 'Baby Payback' is just terrifying.... 'I often come across a baby who has learned to vomit at bedtime during failed attempts at controlled crying. If you have one of these babies you will need to teach your child that vomiting will not get your attention.'
My heart breaks for the poor little babies ignored and left to scream until they are so distressed they are sick and then do not even get held, soothed and loved after that. This goes against all of my instincts as a mother, instincts that are there for a good reason.

If I could give this book less than one star I would, if you are a sleep deprived parent frantically searching for a way to get more sleep but want to gently teach the child to feel secure and relax into sleeping, please keep searching and do not buy this book. (Different things work for different babies but mine started sleeping through with a heavily modified version of the sleeping chapters in 'Baby Secrets' + common sense)

This book is really very odd in so many ways (custard apparently causes sleep problems... who knew?!) and I cannot adequately express how much I hate it. Your baby is helpless and loves you unconditionally, please love them back and don't try to score points against them.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
This woman calls herself the baby whisperer, she has no qualifications or credentials. She advocates leaving babies to cry for long periods of time which current research shows is detrimental to babies development and to their emotional well being. She encourages parents to pile on blankets that go against SIDS expert advice, she teaches that babies are manipulative little demons that will vomit and dirty their nappies purely for attention. Some of the advice is just staggeringly bad For example:

When your baby has dirtied their nappy to manipulate you into spending extra time with them. She suggests changing the baby after he/she has gone to sleep. "Don't worry if you don't get the bottom of your sleeping baby perfectly clean, says Tizzie, "a little bit of poo will not do any harm between then and the morning"

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"I often come across a baby who has learnt to vomit at bedtime during failed attempts at controlled crying. If you have one of these babies you will need to teach your child that vomiting will not get your attention or buy any extra time. This is hard, but it has to be done to stop the vomiting. The way you achieve this is to make the bed vomit-proof. Layer the towels in the bed and on the floor so it is easy for you to remove the vomit. When your baby vomits take the top towels away, leaving a second layer in case of a second vomit. If the vomit has gone on her clothing, undress her and put clean clothes on without taking her out of the cot by moving her to the other end. Do not make eye contact or talk to her while you do all this and be calm and confident through out, so you can fool your baby into thinking you don't care about vomit."

These babies are so distressed they are throwing up. That is abusive and neglectful.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to rate it Zero stars 6 Aug 2011
First, I looked for sources, footnotes, author credentials. There weren't any.

Each page boasts another unproven claim, or inaccurate, outdated and thoroughly debunked theories posed as "fact". I oscillated between shock that such collywobble would go to print, and sadness that people read this and use it as a guide for their own parenting.

The breastfeeding advice was especially terrible. I would honestly worry that if I were to follow this advice, that I would experience severe problems (low supply, engorgement, mastitis) and probably stop breastfeeding prematurely.

The low points of the book for me: her misleading statements about jaundice and her laughable ideas about milk production. We know A LOT about how milk production in humans works - there has been a lot of research on it and there is a lot of info available. Tizzie does not turn to this information, she asks a dairy farmer about how he milks his COWS! Cows are built very differently to human beings and our young grow at extremely different rates. But according to Tizzie, "cow's milk is similar to human milk, that is why we drink it and feed it to our children". I was honestly shocked that this tripe had gone to print.

I couldn't actually finish the book. It was too dreadful. I spent half my time laughing at her ideas, and the other half picking my jaw up off the floor at her outrageous claims (I mean, SIXTEEN blankets?) none of which are substantiated. Don't waste your money.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather confused 7 Mar 2011
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I do not agree with controlled crying as I think it creates negative associations with sleep and bedtime and possibly a sense of rejection for the baby/toddler who may just need a cuddle - so I looked forward to reading about a technique which apparently does not involve controlled crying.

But it does! Tizzie calls it shouting or yelling, but essentially you leave them in the cot until they are asleep regardless of how much they complain. And for toddlers you walk out of the room and leave them to it for up to 2.5 hours. Sounds like crying it out to me! The No Cry Sleep Solution (version for toddlers and babies) is much more sensitive and helpful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a buy
Very helpful. Gave me the reassurance that I needed to get my baby to sleep better.
Published 1 month ago by Tina Penny
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be called how to train a baby like a lab rat.
This book was recommended to me by a friend. I was looking for information about how to prevent overtiredness in my newborn, and to get an idea about their intrinsic rhythms. Read more
Published 1 month ago by deborah cotton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!!
Great book, really helped us get our first child into a routine, easy to follow and very helpful info for day to day stuff not just sleeping routines, but for weaning and other... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lisa Whitfield
5.0 out of 5 stars We tailored it to our's been great!
We are vehemently opposed to cry it out methods. However, our nearly 9 month old has never slept through the night - because she couldn't self-settle - needing the boob to get back... Read more
Published 3 months ago by shelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helped us
Not as much fluff filling up the pages as some other books which is great, makes it quicker to read and get to the important bits.
Published 5 months ago by RedFrog
1.0 out of 5 stars parent focused crap
It's very clear that the author has no children of her own. This book is entirely focused on the parents sleep and making sure the parents get a full night sleep. Read more
Published 5 months ago by sleepless in Seattle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book full of practical advise
I found this book very helpful. Try reading it before baby comes and then read again chapters that are practical at the moment as it contains a lot of great advise.
Published 6 months ago by Elena_London
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advise!!
This is a great book for 1st time mams- My little boy was 7 months when i purchased it so it was too late. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Edel Mackin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I bought this thinking I'll give it a try as I had tried everything else and after 2 nights on the routine set out my baby was only up once during night! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Concol
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Best book I have ever bought. This is not a really strict routine it is easy to follow if you have a very busy social lifestyle and it is great that it answers all your questions... Read more
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