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The Baby Sleep Book: How to Help Your Baby to Sleep and Have a Restful Night Paperback – 1 Aug 2005
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'Encyclopaedic, clear, modern and engaging… Among the best parenting books out there.' Junior
About the Author
William Sears, M.D, and Martha Sears, R.N., are the paediatric experts on whom American parents rely for advice on all aspects of pregnancy, birth, childcare, and family nutrition. Dr. Sears was trained at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital and has practices paediatrics for more than thirty years. Martha Sears is a registered nurse, certified childbirth educator, and breast feeding consultant.
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As soon as I opened this book - I was reassured that I wasn't doing anything wrong and it explained why babies have difficulty in settling into 'experts' routtines. It gently showed how me to undertand my baby and act on her cues. Also - it focused on breastfeeding and sleep which other books don't. The majority of breastfed babies aren't happy to feed 4 hourly. The authors have 8 of their own children and many years experience as paediatric health care workers.
I think other baby routine books I have read are damaging as is so difficult to get your baby to fit into their constricting regimes and you can feel a failure when day after day of trying to adhere to their guidelines - your baby still won't do it! I have found this book invaluable - and am a much more happy and relaxed mum because of this book. My baby is also sleeping so much better too!!!! A MUST buy for any new parent.
No-cry sleep solution was first.Pantleys methods didn't work for my baby,but the book was well written and helped me understand baby sleep alot better.
Next was Baby Bliss.the methods didn't work with my baby at all but the author gave me a greater understanding of the importance of routine for bad sleepers,and the introduction of routine,naps,and an early night helped my baby sleep from 7pm til 4am before wanting a night feed.
At 9 months she still continues this routine-wakes between 3 and 4am for a feed,then again 2hrs later.
I was still annoyed as all the babies i knew,including my other 2,were sleeping through by this age.
Then i read this book and realised my babys sleep pattern is ok.She is getting plenty of sleep and although i'm still longing for that uninterrupted nights sleep,I'm doing absolutely everything right in helping her get there,which she will eventually.
The advice in this book is so soothing and washed away all the guilt and confusion i was feeling about my babys sleep.
I was horrified to read about the harmful effects of controlled crying as i tried it out for a few days before this book arrived,thinking that as i'd tried everything else it was my last resort.It really didn't work,only resulting in my baby growing fearful of being put in her cot for a sleep,and was very stressful for everyone in the house,including my older children who were so upset hearing their baby sister so distraught.Since reading this book I never let my baby cry more than a few mins now to see if she'll self-settle.
This book is a must-buy for the nurturing parent.
If you don't want to leave your baby to cry, make them sleep alone or get into a strict regime then this is the book for you. If that is what you're looking for then this book might still be worth you buying as it may just persuade you there is a better way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are sceptical about controlled crying, and want a gentler approach to trying to get your baby to sleep, this is the book for you! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Helen Flower
Extremely preachy and written in a way to make you feel extremely guilty if you don't follow the ideas in this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mez Kyte
Good information but a little critical about other sleep training methodsPublished on 1 Oct. 2014 by Sarah
Really well written and extremely helpful. Lots of encouragement and gentle advice without being preachy or aggressive. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2014 by SMS
well i guess its too soon to tell, i only got this, and dd is 18 months with sleep probs, but maybe will help for the next one. helps with understanding the whys!Published on 18 April 2014 by cb
A fantastic book with lots of good useful routines for new mums; if only you could get a child to adhere or the strength to go through it all.
A good read overall
I bought this book based on reviews so felt I should write one as I regretted my purchase. This book seems to strongly encourage co-sleeping which isn't recommended in the UK. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2013 by ACS Glasgow
The book was very helpful for me with my first baby who was a very difficult sleeper. Most of all it gave me the confidence in myself that what I was doing instinctively was the... Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2012 by inge Vandamme
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