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Save Our Sleep

Save Our Sleep [Kindle Edition]

Tizzie Hall
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"Australian sleep guru" (The Times)

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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: #32,935 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 71 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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46 of 53 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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. In contrast what the book offered was a load of rigid and prescriptive adult imposed routines, which completely lack evidence. I am sure they must 'work' to get a baby to sleep, but the long term emotional and mental costs are too much to pay in my opinion. She uses the word 'self soothe' incorrectly - babies don't learn to self soothe by not being responded to, they instead learn to behaviourally extinguish communicating their distress, so they become a 'good baby' in adult eyes. Learning to self soothe first requires many experiences of being responded to and soothed first, before we build the neural pathways to do it our selves.

Her routines go completely against breastfeeding advice for young babies (she advocates only demand feeding for two weeks) and she negates SIDS guidelines also.

If you are considering using cry it out, there are other books and websites that use more evidence and have more compassion than this one.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should come with a health warning.... 14 Aug 2011
This is quite honestly one of the worse baby sleep books I have ever read.

Hall has not researched properly before writing this book, in fact, she admits that all the content of her book is based on her own experience.

The advice in the book conflicts with WHO (World Health Organisation) Guidlines on Breastfeeding and introducing solids, FSIDS (Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths) Guidlines on preventing cot death and NHS (National Health Service) Guidlines on Breastfeeding, introducing solids and Cot Death (to mention a few!)

Hall's dodgy advice regarding breastfeeding conflicts with nearly all research that has been carried out in the past 20 years and scheduled feeding has been proven to be detrimental to supply, puts the mother at risk of engorgement (and thus mastitus) and will often end in early cessation of breastfeeding. Hall's basic knowledge of the anatomy of the breast and how breast milk production works is poor, she seems to believe that less frequent feeding produces better quality milk when in fact there is much research to disprove that theory.

Throughout the book there is references to items you can buy on her website to compliment her advice but to be honest, it's obvious that this is just a con, some items are more than 300% of the manufacturers RRP - I feel this is taking advantage of parents who really need help with sleep and may be vunerable. To buy all you would 'need' (according to Hall) you could easily spend £1000 on bedding, clothes, comforters, sippy cups, feeding spoons and the 'right' travel cot - this makes sure you have enough spares etc - in comparison you could buy similar products elsewhere for around £250-£300.
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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.
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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 4 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
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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
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