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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,307 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" " --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 yearLessons 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 moreIncludes 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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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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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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This book is fab. I had kind of already worked out that my daughter had a ninety minute cycle but this book gave me the reassurance that it was ok that she wanted to go back to sleep again after only being away for 90 mins and this technique has got us through her sleep regressions so far.
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This book helped me to understand my baby's sleep rhythms which made it much easier to recognise sleepy signals and encourage naps. It's taken the uncertainty out of when she'll wake up in the night meaning that I can relax more and get better sleep. Have recommended to so many people.
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This is a fascinating read - offering a viable theory behind colic - overstimulation. My 2 month old baby would go 12+ hours without sleeping and was a terrible overtired mess by the end of the day. I bought this book and desperately tried to tap into her 90 minute activity/sleep cycles. It didn't really work at the time.

Over time (she is now 4 months) her natural sleep rhythms are more defined and she is now napping every 2 hours of wake time.

I think it's good to use 2 hour rule of thumb with babies but to be honest - if they don't want to sleep, they won't!

The plan is common sense when you realise they need to nap every 90 minutes - you don't really need to buy this book unless you are interested in the scientific background.
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This book is amazing! My baby is 12 weeks old and peace and sleep both felt a distant memory until now. My baby would cry almost all day and night I felt desperate for help, searching the internet for help or some miracle. I discovered an article on this book and thought i am running out of options to try. You truly will not be dissapointed. My baby is now sleeping from 9pm until 5.30-6.00am with two long naps one in the morning and one in the afternoon both for 1hour 30mins up until 3 hours at some point. I was not convinced that a baby is ready to sleep every 90 mins but just days after putting this into practice I feel like a new person and that I can finally enjoy my baby in the way I should. I can't speak for the rest of the book regarding self soothing or inforcing good sleep practice for toddlers but if the practice I have already implemented is anything to go by then I am prepared and looking forward to all the routine changes we will face over the next year and beyond.
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This book is a very easy read and very simply explains a baby's natural sleep cycles and the best time to put baby to sleep. I've tried it, my friends have tried it...and we've all been amazed by how quickly it works and also how much more aware we've become of our babies' sleep cues.
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Amazing. My daughter was three months when we started to use the 90 minute sleep theory. Now my daughter falls asleep dead on 90 minutes and can often sleep up to three hours in one nap session. I didn't realise how sleep deprived she was :(
Night times vary , we're down to two night feeds now instead of four and she happily sleeps in until 7am.
A natural way at helping your baby sleep.
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