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The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program: Follow Your Child's Natural Sleep Rhythms for Better Nights and Naps Spiral-bound – 2 Jun 2008
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The most novel, natural, and easy approach. Mairav Cohen-Zion, Ph.D., Laboratory for Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego
Finally, a how-to book on baby sleep from a scientist and a mother. Polly Moore understands the intricacies of infant sleep and is empathetic to the roller-coaster of parenthood. Sarah C. Mednick, Ph.D., author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life
"The most novel, natural, and easy approach." -Mairav Cohen-Zion, Ph.D., Laboratory for Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego
"Finally, a how-to book on baby sleep from a scientist and a mother. Polly Moore understands the intricacies of infant sleep and is empathetic to the roller-coaster of parenthood." -Sarah C. Mednick, Ph.D., author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
Kinder, Gentler, and It Really Works
Based on the human rest and activity cycle that occurs every hour and a half, here's a scientifically based program for parents to help babies get all the sleep they need, both through the night and during the day. The method is simple, foolproof, and yields long-lasting results: truly restful daytime naps (which also gives an infant a head start on cognitive development and emotional intelligence) and consistent nighttime sleep--as beneficial for parents as it is for the baby.
- For babies aged two weeks to one year
- Lessons in sleep independence and solutions to common problems, such as your baby waking up too early, getting a second wind before bedtime, confusing day and night, and more
- Includes a guided journal for recording your baby's sleep signals and keeping track of naps and bedtimes
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On the plus side, it has taught me to follow my baby's cycle and look out for his tiredness signs. I've learnt that, true enough he is an alert baby, BUT revolutionary to me - also extremely overtired - the poor mite! He fights sleep because he is SO 'over-tired'. For this reason, I wish I had heard of the book/concept earlier! I recruited all my know-how for getting him to nap - carrying/swaying, wrap/sling, pram and implemented a longer night time routine, and we moved him from cosleeping to a cotbed mattress on the floor. The idea was to get him well napped and a good night's sleep should in theory follow! I've actually logged baby's sleep for 9 days now - it's got a bit addictive! As a result of our implementations, we can report that baby now rarely has unexplained grumpiness! We rarely get 10-min naps now, though they are almost all 20-40 min naps and nowhere near as long as Polly Moore might suggest. Since moving away from co-sleeping, baby has slightly increased the length of time before most wake-ups. The book is useful even without implementing any 'self-soothing' strategies, which is basically either controlled crying or the gradual extinction (fading) version.
On the minus side, the total nap time still varies a lot per day - from zero to almost two hours. There is an increase but it's a helluva lotta work looking out for when each 90 min might be up and living your life around it, which has meant cutting out virtually all baby groups. I was happy to do this for a while, which Dr Moore suggests especially to get baby's overtiredness sorted before implementing 'self-soothing' strategies. However, it's hard to live by this long-term as mums also need to live as well as protect baby's sleep. Basically, for us, it is exhausting trying to get baby to sleep in whatever possible every 90 mins, especially since he's not showing any pattern really as yet on which 90 min segments to focus on! My arms are extra achy and on days when he's not napping, it is akin to a slow, soul destroying effect! :/ But on the days when it's working, it's rewarding to see our baby happy. I was hoping that we'd see a clearer cycle over the 9 days after starting the NAPS program, but baby is still overtired. Perhaps we are an extreme case - who knows?
Overall, I recommend the book, because it is well written, scientifically based and really does help you learn about your child more and the mystery grumpiness will become more explicable. It is also something you can implement without doing a full sleep training as such, so that's very useful. I will update if there are any new developments. There are some questions though that I felt that the book didn't answer and I have re-read a couple of times in the hope of finding more detail to no avail - for example, snoozing during feeds - I'm not clear whether this is a true nap or not, and it tends to throw our cycle out. I like this book and the Gentle Sleep Solution as two helpful and gentle perspectives that do not necessarily involve sleep training.
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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