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  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071381392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071381390
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. Elizabeth frequently speaks to parents at schools, hospitals, and parent groups around the world. She is a regular radio show guest and frequently quoted as a parenting expert in newspapers and magazines world-wide and on hundreds of parent-directed Web sites. She publishes a newsletter which is distributed in schools, doctor's offices and parent programs everywhere.

Elizabeth is the author of several popular parenting books, including the best-selling No-Cry Solution series:
The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution
The No-Cry Discipline Solution
The No-Cry Sleep Solution
The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers
The No-Cry Potty Training Solution
The No-Cry Nap Solution
Perfect Parenting

Elizabeth and her husband, Robert are the parents of four children. For more information, excerpts, parenting articles, and contests visit the author's website at

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..enjoy the copious photos here of blissfully conked out kids. Read this manual and yours could look like that, too.
-- Families, Jan/Feb 2008

From the Back Cover

"At long last, I've found a book that I can hand to weary parents with the confidence that they can learn to help their baby sleep through the night--without the baby crying it out."
--William Sears, M.D., Author of The Baby Book

"When I followed the steps in this book, it only took a few nights to see a HUGE improvement. Now every night I'm getting more sleep than I've gotten in years! The best part is, there has been NO crying!"
--Becky, mother of 13-month-old Melissa

A breakthrough approach that offers hope to exhausted parents looking for gentle ways to help their baby sleep without the heart-wrenching tears

Are you suffering through sleepless nights and having to fend off a barrage of heartless advice about letting your baby "cry it out"? The No-Cry Sleep Solution will show you how it is entirely possible and within your grasp to help your baby fall asleep peacefully--and stay asleep all night long.

Until now the only two ways to deal with sleepless nights were to let your baby cry herself to sleep or to become a sleep-deprived martyr and tough it out from dusk until dawn. At last, there is a practical and effective third way, thanks to Elizabeth Pantley, a parent educator and mother of four. Pantley is like a best friend who's been there and is full of caring advice to help you and your baby get a good night's sleep. Her ten-step will lead you through the process one day at a time by:

  • Shedding new light on your baby's sleep patterns and helping you set realistic goals
  • Showing you how to analyze, assess, and improve your baby's sleep patterns using sleep logs
  • Offering a variety of sleep solutions that fit every parenting style, whether you cosleep with your baby or she sleeps in a crib or whether you breastfeed or bottlefeed
  • Creating a tear-free customized sleep plan that works for both you and your baby

Don't let sleep deprivation keep you from enjoying your baby. The No-Cry Sleep Solution is full of reassuring advice and words of wisdom from other parents who have had success with the program. It will give you the tools you need to effectively and gently reach your goal--a good night's sleep for everyone.

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397 of 416 people found the following review helpful By Muffin's mummy on 4 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
As a parent I've always been firmly in the Sears camp rather than the Gina camp, and this book seems to be considered as a sacred text by practically everyone I know with similar parenting styles. My 9 month old has been a poor sleeper from the start and so naturally I got hold of a copy. I do love the style of the book and it is indeed initially very reassuring. Unfortunately, it does seem very much geared to fixing specific sleep problems that relate to babies that are unable to fall asleep by themselves and hence need to be nursed or rocked again every time they wake. Unfortunately this doesn't apply to my baby, who wakes frequently despite being perfectly able to put himself to sleep quickly and easily initially. It also doesn't cover 'tension releasing' crying vs 'tension increasing' crying. After much agony I have discovered that my baby actually NEEDS to have a short cry in order to fall asleep. Now I understand that he actually needs to be put down awake to cry, he will be asleep in a few minutes, whereas previously with all of my 'loving' nursing, rocking and singing he would still be sobbing in exhaustion and hour later. If I'm honest I think I might have found this out sooner if I hadn't been brainwashed by all the attachment parenting books that letting your child cry practically was akin to abuse.

So, if you have a baby with the 'right' kind of problem, this might be the book for you. But as always, you need to remember that no one has written a book about YOUR baby yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ania on 3 Feb. 2015
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I loved this book. It suggests a sensible routine, not much different from many other books on the market, but where this one differs is that it takes account of the fact that parents have an emotional stake in their baby's sleep.
The basic idea is to observe your baby and note, in detail, what goes on day and night that could be affecting their sleep patterns. Then, there is a range of helpful suggestions to improve some of them, then, noting to see whether the situation improves, all of this can be done gradually, and without distress to the baby.
I didn't read this first time around, and my older son didn't sleep through until he was two. I came away from that experience thinking I'd done it wrong, I should have 'trained' him earlier, or that I was a wimp for not letting him cry it out.
Mostly, for me this book was simply reassuring. Pantley has a friendly and encouraging tone, and mainly suggests things that I did the first time instinctively, but this book has made me confident and proud of my choices. The few ideas from Pantley that I am trying are gold dust, but they are of small benefit compared with how much better I feel!
If you're wondering whether this is better than the promises of quicker results from cry-it-out methods, Ferber, or She-who-must-not-be-named but if you've ever been to a baby group you know who I mean) please choose this. I give you one reason from personal experience - ok, it took 2 years but my oldest sleeps through every night in his own bed, and I do mean 13 undisturbed hours, bedtime is always pleasant for us all and we are close, and have no discipline issues. Anyone I know whose baby slept through so much earlier than mine is now waking in the night, climbing into parents bed often.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 April 2011
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First, this book is for nighttime sleep - if you have problems with daytime sleep than you want The No Cry Nap Solution instead or in addition.

This book is useful in that it is a compilation of possible no-cry solutions and unlike many of the attachment parenting style books admits that sleep can be real problem rather than just telling you that cosleeping is a magic fix for everything and not telling you what to do if cosleeping is not actually involving much sleeping! However, if your baby has always had severe sleep problems rather than just being a reasonable sleeper who has got into bad habits, then you probably won't find the techniques help very much. If the statement in the 0-4 month section that babies of this age 'sleep when they are tired' strikes you as absurdly false then don't expect miracles!

The main solutions suggested are very roughly:

- Making sure the baby has plenty to eat during the day
- Make sure your baby is a comfortable temperature at night
- Develop a bedtime routine
- Have an early bedtime
- Have a loose daytime routine to help set the baby's biological clock
- Make sure your baby gets naps during the day
- Make sure your baby has positive associations with where they sleep
- Having your baby fall asleep in different ways, not just always feeding to sleep
- Introduce a lovey
- Make nighttime sleeping different from naps
- Develop keywords/music/sound as a sleep cue
- Use a dummy
- The Pantley Pull Off for removing feed to sleep association. This is the main idea in the book really as the rest is fairly standard advice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emma Duncan on 23 Dec. 2012
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My daughter has problems getting herself back to sleep when she wakes in the middle of the night. This method just served to make sure she stayed awake. I have no scientific qualifications but I do have 3 children and I disagree that when you leave a baby to cry for longer than two minutes it just serves to exacerbate awakeness (a technical term...) I've found that babies find crying very tiring and sometimes by going in too often you're just encouraging them to keep calling for you and to stay awake. One of the problems with this method is that you can go in just as the baby is about to give up crying and by doing this you're just waking them up.

This book is good if you find it hard to hear a baby crying, it gives you tools to try that will take longer than regular controlled crying but at least you can avoid the gut-wrenching sounds of a screaming infant. If your baby is very determined though then it's maybe just a bit too fluffy.

I found it pointless but all kids are different and who knows, this method may just work for you!
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