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Teach Your Child to Sleep: Solving Sleep Problems from Newborn Through Childhood (Hamlyn Health) Paperback – 15 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn (15 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600613453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600613459
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"What is brilliant about this book is the way the authors steer
readers away from bad habits from the very start"
-- Families upon Thames

About the Author

Millpond Children's Sleep Clinic is run by Mandy Gurney and Tracey Marshall. Both are experienced health professionals with many years' experience dealing with children's sleep problems and general development, working both for the National Health Service and in the private sector. Millpond has featured recently on a number of high-profile television programmes about tackling sleep problems.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By "cracknell14" on 29 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
We have found this book a life saver. Our daughter is 4 years old and has always had a problem with sleep and with another one on the way we wanted to get her sorted. We have been to the Millpond Clinic itself and now have bought the book.
The book is easy to follow and has realistic ways of sorting problems out. Nothing is too far fetched or difficult to follow and you don't leave your child crying for hours!! This book is a must have for any parent who needs straightforward advice on helping your child to sleep.
We have gone from a child who was shy and had no confidence due to overtiredness to a bright and confident 4 year old who now goes to sleep at a decent time and wakes up 11 hours later rather than at 5.00 am with 3 or 4 wake up times in the night.
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent.
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133 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on 30 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in the hope of being able to help my breastfed 7 month old begin to sleep through the night - and I returned it the day after it arrived. The descriptions and other reviews led me to believe that the book (perhaps due to my sleep deprivation and desperation to get some sleep!) might present a new approach to dealing with poor sleep habits etc, but it did not. Any parent (particularly breastfeeding mothers as Dad can't easily do any of the feeds) faced with night after night of broken sleep for months on end will recognise that even beginning to tackle sleep problems can be a very emotional issue. Whist the book is, as previously stated, very factual and does give a step-by-step approach to dealing with sleep issues, it essentially offers two solutions: leave the baby to cry it out, or gradual retreat (basically cry-it-out but staying in the room and gradually moving further away). I feel it offers these solutions with little background information, and little support for parents in dealing with implementing them (if you have left a baby to cry, you will know what I mean).

To be fair to the book, I did not read it cover to cover, and I an sure it does offer much needed support to many parents (as per the many positive reviews) - I just did not find it helpful. This may be because I have never been able to leave either of my babies to cry as per the Ferber technique, and was looking for a less upsetting solution for me and my babies. I have just re-read the other reviews of the book, and can't help but feel that I have missed something, but I don't think so. If you already are doing the basics with no success (such as good bedtime routine, filling daytime tummies and trying to get little one to go to sleep on their own etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Pullen on 29 Jan. 2015
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This is not a big book. Don't look for value-for-money in the number of pages. But if you need advice and techniques for helping babies and toddlers sleeping, in a book that gets to the point quickly, this is the one for you.
If you cut out the theory bits, the 'why is sleep important' (I was too tired to read that chapter) then you can probably digest the sections relevant to your child's age and particular sleep problems in 30-45 minutes flat. And, to me, that's worth the money because I don't have time for a long self help book.
There were few surprises in the book. Any conversations with mums/dads about sleep will bring up most of the techniques in here. But what it does do very well is show you how to introduce them in a way that is gentler on the child, and combine the techniques in an effective way.
For example, it discusses the relative pros and cons of controlled crying versus gradual withdrawal, then goes on to give you a sleep plan combining either with other techniques like the Sleep Fairy (which was new to me, and worth the cost of this book alone!).
How to pick a sleep plan, how to introduce it, run with it, and finally remove it as the child's sleeping improves. Without the fluff and filler of other parenting books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. D. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2013
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This book has been a life saver for us. As parents of a 3.5year old who stopped sleeping well half a year ago and progressively was waking up to 10 times a night, we found the advice and options in this book incredibly helpful. The book is structured in a really straightforward way, easy to digest and to the point. The advice is measured, non-judgemental and offers a good variety of options to suit different family set ups. It covers sleep issues in both babies and toddlers and hence, very useful for anyone with an older bad sleeper. I really loved the Q&A's helping with identifying specific sleep problems and the related strategies to tackle those.

The problem with our daughter not sleeping well has been pretty specific and we adapted the advice provided in the book to match it. She potty trained at night very quickly, as soon as she turned 3. As a result, she started waking at night and would ask to be taken to the loo. Over time the wakings became more frequent and included all sorts of random requests about rearranging her duvet, giving her more water etc. She also started having night terrors on occasion.

My husband and I were at loss as to what to do. After we read the book, we realised we have been pretty inconsistent in responding to our daughter's night calls. In a way we have indadvertedly conditioned her to expect our attention every time she stirred at night. In order to help her to sleep better, we decided to introduce the sleep fairy (as advised in the book), which would bring her a little present every night she improved on one thing we asked her to. To start with, we asked our daughter to come out of her room if she needed us, as we waited for her outside the door, instead of going in her room.
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