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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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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: 15.6 x 2.1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Spiral-bound
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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I got this book to help with my 6-month-old's sleep at a time when he was waking around every hour at night and barely napped in the day (from reading this book, I have learnt that this is a pretty 'bad' sleeper for his age!). This book is based on a simple concept - the wake/alertness cycle of 90 minutes, though I'm glad I bought the book as it is motivating and explains the idea in more detail and in an elegant and clear, compact format.

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.
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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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On the back of the book it says 'kinder, gentler', but kinder and gentler than what?I assumed it would be kinder than the harsh sleep training techniques such as cry it out and controlled crying. However this is the very first self soothing technique that the author recommends. I do not agree with this technique for many reasons so was very disappointed to see it in a book that appeared to be 'natural, kind and gentle'. I would urge anyone to research potential dangers of cry it out techniques and the problems with studies that have stated it has no negative consequences. More suggestions of genuinely gentle techniques are needed in this book.
I found the explanation of 90 minute cycles interesting though, but didn't need to read the entire book for that information. Also in my studies I learned that baby sleep cycles are 30-50 minutes which doesn't seem to correlate with what this book is saying but I will look into that more myself as I may be missing something!
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I was shocked how following this plan worked and how it was just a natural sleep pattern I may not have realised without it being explained, once we both realised the pattern his naps became easy and predictable, very informative read.
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