The Gentle Sleep Book: For calm babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers Paperback – 5 Mar 2015
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'Sleep is not a battle. It's a balance, and in this book Sarah helps parents find that balance... [the] practical advice [in her BEDTIME acronym] for real situations is very helpful' (Juno)
The Gentle Sleep Book offers gentle, no-tears, sleep solutions for exhausted parents of newborns to five-year-olds.See all Product description
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On the plus side it includes evidence based suggestions and talks about the not being any quick fix, which is sensible advice. I
A) Advocate cry it out and spend 300 pages giving case notes of parents whose lives where transformed by this radical advice.
B) Do not advocate cry it out and spend 300 pages giving case notes of parents whose lives were transformed by this radical advice.
This book, unsurprisingly, falls in to camp B. And I have to say, I did actually like it. It provides clear, scientific explanations about sleep cycles and the best thing it did for me was help me to accept that babies do wake up regularly and that accepting this and coping by any means possible might just be the best thing for your sanity. But that's it. Just like all the other books, there is no miracle cure, because such a thing just does not exist. Every baby is different and some will sleep better than others but they will all get there eventually. (Dear god, they have to, right?!)
So by all means buy this book if it helps you to reach this conclusion. But my advice would be to stop wasting your precious time, money and energy on sleep books and instead spend it resting by any means possible and enjoying this time with your little one. Time that really will pass. (But you don't have to enjoy every second. There's nothing enjoyable about the 15th night waking!)
If you care enough to be looking for books then congratulate yourself, as you're clearly a caring parent who just wants to do the best for their child. Now go and make yourself a cup of tea (or preferably get someone else to make one for you) and enjoy a big cuddle with your little one.
All in all a very useful book.