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The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program: Follow Your Child's Natural Sleep Rhythms for Better Nights and Naps [Spiral-bound]

Polly Moore
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Book Description

2 Jun 2008
A sleep researcher with a Ph. D. in neuroscience, Dr. Polly Moore has created a simple, foolproof method based on the basic human rest and activity cycle (BRAC), which occurs every hour and a half. According to the BRAC, baby should go back for a nap a mere 90 minutes after waking up - that's right: 90 minutes. The program is called N.A.P.S. - Note time when baby wakes up, Add 90 minutes, Play, feed, or pursue other activities, then, at the end of the 90 minutes, Soothe baby back to sleep. When baby wakes up again, whether after a short or a long nap, start the cycle over. Although it sounds counterintuitive, frequent napping actually helps baby sleep through the night.In a reassuring and accessible style, Dr. Moore explains how and why the program works; the benefits of napping - a happier, healthier baby with a head start on cognitive development and emotional intelligence; how to implement it for babies at various ages, from two weeks to a year; and, how to use it to solve common sleep programs, such as a baby's need to be held, baby waking up too early in the morning, baby getting a second wind before bedtime, baby confusing day and night, and more. The spiral bound book includes a guided journal for recording baby's sleepy signals and sleep difficulties, a daily log for keeping track of baby's nap times, and space to note baby's milestones - all peppered with humorous, inspirational quotes.

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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing; Spi edition (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761143114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761143116
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relief to have found something that works 2 Nov 2008
I've never written a review before but feel I have to after reading this book. The concept is very simple - if your baby sleeps well during the day they will sleep well at night. All very well unless you are like me and have a baby that at 5 months just never naps (and then wakes every 2 hours throughout the night). So where the book is helpful is it explains that every 90 mins you have a window of opportunity to get your baby to sleep. If you miss it you have a tired baby who wants to sleep but can't and you need to wait another 90 mins.

Even though you can sum up what you have to do in a page, the rest of the book is just a really interesting read - the stuff about sleep theory and body clocks talks to my inner geek.

Well, I thought I would try it. Day 1 I managed to get my baby to nap around 4 hours during the day by putting him down in anticipation of the 90 min window. Day 1 night he slept for three 4 hours chunks which is good for him...but Day 2 I also managed good naps during the day and last night he slept from 7pm to 4am!!!! So in 2 days we have success! We also haven't had a fussy period in the evenings like we usually do.

Its just a relief to know that it wasn't teething (husband's theory), the need for solids (grandma's theory), that my breastmilk is crap (granny's theory); it was just that the poor mite was knackered!

Thank you Dr Moore!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Aleena
Having read nearly every book on sleep I thought I knew it all! I was wrong...though I knew about sleep cycles, I hadn't realised just how accurately it can be used to judge my baby's readiness for sleep. I found the simplicity of the 90 minute concept very useful and it works! Over time I have managed to observe the natural pattern my baby's sleep falls into and now have a routine that fits him rather than stressing to force him into the nap times 'given' by other books. I feel confident knowing when my baby is sleepy and since he can already self soothe, it is so much easier now knowing I can put him down 90/180/270 minutes after waking (depending on the wakeful interval for the time of the day) and that he WILL sleep. I came across the book when my baby was 6 months old...I wish i'd known and started it earlier.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you only buy 1 book make it this one 24 Jan 2010
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I can not recommend this book enough, it is far better than tracy Hogg or Sears or contented baby book because it is simple.I was at my wits end before buying this . Like many new mums, I was trying to get my baby to sleep and he just would not want to. Screaming and kicking, my 7 weeks-old was getting more and more exhausted by the day, relying on too little day-time sleep . He could easily go 10 hours without anything more than a 10 minutes nap.
When I read this book (it is very quick, nice and short and to the point, perfect for busy new mums who just want to spend their time looking at their baby)everything statred to make sense.
My baby now sleeps really well during the day and at nights. He is calm and contented because we respect his rhythm. He does not need to cry because his needs are met. I explained the 90 minutes principle to everybody who looks after him and they all enjoyed having him because he would not fuss. when he was 12 weeks-old we started putting him in his cot 15 minutes before his time at night, staying with him till he was asleep: we did this for 3 days and now, we do not even need to soothe him to sleep.
I have recommended the method to absolutely EVERYBODY i know. it is the best thing ever, it is very simple and it REALLY WORKS for EVERYBODY!You can not go wrong with it because it is so simple.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read about baby sleep 6 Oct 2010
Found this very useful to explain some of the routines that had emerged already in my son's sleeping habits. EG he would always go back to sleep 1.5 hours after waking up in the morning, and the book explained that really well. However, it didn't pan out throughout the whole day, even when I stuck to it quite strictly. At one stage I got a bit obsessed by clock watching and then realised, although they are MORE LIKELY to go to sleep after 90 minutes, it doesn't mean that they can't fall asleep at other times too, or that they always will fall asleep after 90 mins. Once I did that, it was much easier to accomodate it into unpredictable baby days.

A few friends have borrowed it and found it useful too. Like any baby book, it has some good bits that are worth using if they suit you, but won't suit every parent or every baby.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped with our 'colicky'/overtired baby 4 Jan 2013
By Vetsie
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We started using the NAPS plan when our son was about 8 weeks old. I had read this book whilst pregnant and thought it made a lot of sense, however didn't get round to using it until a bit later. Our son was to begin with a 'colicky'/fussy baby who cried at night/in the evenings and wouldn't sleep for hours in this period, sometimes from 6pm until about 2am.
By 8 weeks I read some parts of the book again and felt that our son was perhaps just overtired, and also realised that he was averaging about 10 hours sleep in every 24 hr period, as opposed to the 'normal' range of 14-17. So, I read through the NAPS plan again for the appropriate stage and started to get him napping more during the day to see if that would help.
Within two weeks, our son now naps during the day totalling about 4/5 hours, and has now started to go to bed at 7:30 and sleeps until about 8am with one feed during the night. His sleep is always going to be on the lower end of the scale, coming to about 13/14 hours, but it's a big change and is making such a difference.
I feel that this plan has helped our family in many ways. It's helped me become more sensitive to his sleep signals, more in tune with his needs (whereas before I wouldn't understand why he was crying, I now know that 9 times out of 10 it's because he's tired), as well as helping him wind down in the evenings to the extent of getting to an early bedtime before 12 weeks, something which has really helped us stay sane!
One thing I will say is that I was so fixated on getting him to have enough sleep and to stay asleep once he started napping, that I put quite a bit of pressure on myself to keep him asleep. Babies however have other ideas! Now I am more relaxed and trust that he will now nap as long as he needs to, and if that's only for 30 mins then that's OK.
I hope this review helps other stressed out mums and dads looking for help with getting their baby to sleep. Good luck and hope it works for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ... is a bit too technical for my liking - good if you want to know...
This book is a bit too technical for my liking - good if you want to know more about the science of sleep!
Published 2 days ago by Ana
4.0 out of 5 stars Focussed on naps
This book focuses on making sure your baby doesn't stay awake too long in the day, which was news to me as a first time mum - in the beginning they just fall asleep themselves but... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jack's mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Used two years ago and will use again this time around
Published 18 days ago by Marge
5.0 out of 5 stars Its works!
Wish I had this book from beginning! its save me from insanity! Got happy and well sleeping baby now! Thank you author!
Published 4 months ago by Marina
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Programme
Every new parent should be given a copy. Helped us solve our naptime struggles through better scheduling. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dublingirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Your last Sleep Book
I hardly write reviews..But I wanted parents whose babies don't nap longer than 30 min to try this out. Read more
Published 10 months ago by sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot recommend highly enough
This is the first time I've ever reviewed anything, but just felt that I should let other parents struggling with babies who find it difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep that... Read more
Published 13 months ago by E A ATHERTON
2.0 out of 5 stars Thought it sounded good at first....
I thought this method for naps was good at first and seemed to work. However once a baby reaches 6 months of age it seems the book advocates Controlled Crying which I am not a fan... Read more
Published 23 months ago by killermatt47
5.0 out of 5 stars It works!
This is a great book and there is a really helpful diary section for recording timings etc. You don't even have to buy this book to see if the theory works - just try it first:... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Sian324
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Kindle Publishing
This book constantly references page numbers with no hyperlinking to other sections of the book. There is no way to use the page numbers to locate the reference on the Kindle... Read more
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