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  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405319674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405319676
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.5 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Richard Ferber is the Director of the Centre for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital Boston and is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Harvard Medical School. He writes and researches widely in the field. He has two sons and lives in the US.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Muffin's mummy on 5 Sep 2008
Broadly speaking I am into attachment parenting and have always been fundamentally against the idea of teaching your child to sleep through letting them cry. Ferber and controlled crying were dirty words in our house. But after nine months of appalling sleep, with the problem getting worse not better, I thought I should at least hear what the 'opposition' has to say.

And it is interesting. This guy knows a LOT more about sleep than Sears or Pantley put together as far as I can tell. In fact this is the first book that has even described our problem - namely our baby has different sleep associations for different points in the night. It includes a lot of detailed information about sleep behaviour and patterns, and indeed one of the charts could have been drawn just for us, it so closely matches our son's sleep pattern.

He is also a lot less 'tough love' than I expected, and encourages the reader to be reasonable about their expectations of their child's sleep. He seems happy with the idea that room-sharing and co-sleeping work for lots of families, and gives ideas about how to implement his solutions alongside these approaches.

Why four stars? He might be an expert on sleep, but he isn't a specialist on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is an art not a science, and I still contest the point that all babies have no nutritional need to feed beyond four months. And like all books in the genre, it makes it all sound just a little to simple, as if this is the magic cure for all babies of all temperaments.

This is still a book with controlled crying at its core, and I haven't yet decided if the approach is right for us.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Crossley on 14 Oct 2008
A really, really superb and practical book. So many of our friends have dog-eared copies that have been handed on with ringing endorsements along the lines of "forget the rest, this guy really knows what he is talking about". That's how we got our copy - long since passed on to other worthy recipients.

The difference with Furber is that in contrast to the legion of self-proclaimed pundits he is a clinician with authoritative knowledge of the physiological basis of sleep, and many years experience of treating sleep disorders in children (and adults).

The first part of the book is a layman's summary of the rhythms and nature of normal sleep; which is then used as a basis for explaining what can go wrong and what to do about it. It is worth getting the book for this alone - and it certainly added enormously to our understanding of how our 'softly softly' approach was actually reinforcing our own son's nighttime waking patterns.

And I can honestly say that having (with some trepidation) followed the book's very straightforward and un-traumatic approach, within a week we have had a happily sleeping toddler for the past year. Hooray!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Burgess on 1 Feb 2007
My wife and I are good parents. We think that because mostly we have a contented daughter who is good natured and sleeps really well... mostly.

Imagine the shock and bewilderment when after 21 months of blissful sleep our daughter had a cold, the MMR jab and frightening stormy weather one night all happening at once and her sleep was sent off balance. The next 6 weeks got progressively worse - need a light on, wake up at 2, 4 and then 6. Cry for up to 2 hours when put down. Arghhhh! (and some people would be happy if it was only _that_ bad).

Really our sleep episode wasn't that bad but in comparison to the bliss we had before it was a nightmare. We ended up being fractious and tired and frustrated and not knowing quite how long this 'phase she is going through' would last.

I read around and put my faith in this book. I like to have someone giving me some structure when I think I have tried everything else. Richard Ferber is a genius. Like all good books, when you read this one you think "I already know that" but it helps you to work out what it is that you could do differently.

So 2 evenings reading the important bits (the book even tells you which bits you NEED to read and which you can skip) and 4 days after putting this into practice we are back to a blissful routine. Bed at 7, wake up at 7!

Thank you Richard Ferber.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Dobson on 11 Oct 2009
This book is at first glance a bit boring and a heavy read! But when in need of help and advice to get my identical twin girls sleeping through the night I was prepared to try anything! I'm so glad I did because by four months they both slept like a dream, at the same time, all night long. The controlled crying method really does work (for us by the fourth night) if you stick with it. It isn't pleasant but they are now great little sleepers and we often refer back to this book if there is ever a little blip!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss NJ Hayes on 27 April 2014
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I don't normally post reviews but decided it was about time to start after reading this book. Our baby is 5 months old and has always been a terrible sleeper. Some night he would wake crying every 10-15 minutes and I would end up feeding him every couple of hours as a way of getting him to stop crying or go back to sleep. Most night he would end up in our bed as I was just too exhausted with the constant in and out of his room. We bought this book hoping it would give us some ideas but I didn't expect it to have as much effect as it had. The book is great at outlining the science behind sleep so you can identify what your problems are and then there are detailed chapters for each problem. Our main issue was sleep associations as our baby needed rocking to sleep and comforting every time he woke during the night. Now the main method to deal with this problem is controlled crying which I know is very controversial but for us it was something we were willing to try. We made sure we had a definate plan that we were both onboard with and set aside a long weekend when we knew we could both be involved. We expected it to be really tough and upsetting but it wasn't as bad as we thought with out baby crying for max of 15 mins at a time. By day 3 that was down to 5 mins and now 1 week on he is pretty much sleeping through the night, I give him a dream feed while he is asleep at about 1 am to make sure he's not hungry and he's then sleeping until 6.30am. No more coming into our bed and we are able to put him down in his cot without much fuss even for naps during day.

I can't rate this book highly enough, it has worked wonders for us in such a short space of time. Even if you are against cc there are others methods mentioned and the background chapters at least help you understand why your child is not sleeping well rather than just hoping they will grow out of it.
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