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4.0 out of 5 stars OK, I admit it - Ferber knows more about sleep than Sears, 5 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems (Paperback)
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. But even if you would never, ever even contemplate letting your child cry to sleep, I would still recommend this book as an invaluable reference about child sleep. I would imagine that you would have more success with approaches such as the No Cry Sleep Solution if you have read this first to truly understand the problem you are dealing with.
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