Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle, proven solutions to help your child sleep well and wake up happy Paperback – 6 May 2010
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A godsend for tired parents everywhere. I highly recommend this book to the parents of infants and young children who have a problem sleeper on their hands (Howard Bennett, MD, author of WAKING UP DRY: A GUIDE TO HELP CHILDREN OVERCOME BEDWETTING)
GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT is the first book of its kind to clearly explain why bedtime is such a challenge for so many kids and their parents, and to offer solutions that won't tortue anyone (Maura Rhodes, Senior Editor, PARENTING magazine)
Right after "Boy or girl?" the next question new parents often hear is "How's he sleeping" (after going through Kim West's painless, practical, and easy-to-implement program, they'll be able to honestly answer, "Like a baby"')
Armin Brott, author of EXPECTANT FATHER ('Parents and children alike should welcome this commonsense, family-friendly guide to childhood sleep from birth to age five . . . This book will teach parents to gently start to shape a baby's sleep in infancy, sparing them the months or even years of sl)
A commonsense, family-friendly guide to newborn, baby and toddler sleep from birth to five years old from a highly experienced sleep specialist (known to her satisfied clients as The Sleep Lady). A book to help you put baby and toddler sleep problems behind you.See all Product Description
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I knew I had to do something, but couldn't bear the idea of letting them scream all night. I tried the No Cry Sleep Solution and found that, while sort of useful, it was a bit vague and didn't really help me that much. Finally I found this book, and it has been a miracle! It's a bit more assertive than the No Cry Sleep Solution, but you are very much involved in the process of the child learning to settle himself and don't just leave him to it as you would with 'cry it out' techniques.
One of the great things about this book is that it explains in a really understanding way why you will probably need to let your child cry a bit. For mothers like me who find it really painful, it encourages you to be brave and close that door, and not go running back in a few seconds later. I loved her analogy of being like the coach who needs to let the team get out on the pitch and play the game themselves, it made me realise that I needed to step back a bit and let them learn to help themselves sleep better.
This isn't specifically recommended by the book, but I decided to start with daytime nap training. I did this because (and I know it goes against all sleep training!Read more ›
Prior to this I had also read 'The No-Cry Sleep Solution' as I am not a fan of Controlled Crying or leaving a child to 'Cry it Out'. That book also has some good suggestions, but I'd say this one takes a firmer approach, which may or may not work for you. This did mean I had something to compare it to. Neither book is perfect but they both helped me to a degree.
One of the things I noticed is that while there is a small section on 'sleep basics' it doesn't go into that much detail. The other book describes sleep cycles in much more detail. I personally think the more you know, the better equipped you are to tackle a situation.
What is helpful is that the author gives a general grounding in sleep and then refers you to the section of the book relating to your child's age, so you don't have to go through sections that are not relevant to you. She offers her sleep system, a way of getting your baby to fall asleep without needing their sleep crutch (though I would have liked more detail about how long you are supposed to stay in the room). I am currently trying it in a slightly adapted form, and it seems to be working.
She also provides case studies of people she has worked with and how she advised them to tackle their particular problem, often where the child's sleep issue was quite ingrained and complex. A great addition to the book as you may well find yourself familiar with that particular problem.
What the author hasn't offered in enough detail is explanations as to why a child may wake at the same time every night and what to do if they are simply inconsolable.Read more ›
Back to sleep and had never self settled and had never ever slept through. I am on day 4 of this programme and for the last 3 nights he has slept 11 hours straight!!! Do you hear me!! 11 hours?!?!!!!!! This even sounds crazy to me. Of course the method involves some crying as the baby adjusts to not being fed, nursed or rocked to sleep and learns to settle on his own. You are right there next to him though and provide reassurance . I used to think ' I will never let my baby cry as the cortisol damages it's brain' I realize now that having seen how well rested my baby is after a great nights sleep and not waking every 2-3 hours crying for me to get back to sleep- I was wrong. He has been so happy I the days. I love you Kim west.
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In all honesty i shouldn't have read this as I don't really agree with any sort of parenting manuals prefering to use my instinct but my babies falling asleep was getting to me as... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hannah
My LO went from half hour cat naps and waking up 1-3 times a night to taking 2 hr naps and sleeping through. Read morePublished 10 months ago by rxh82
If I can judge things by the book, Kim West's sleep training did work for us, however, we didn't try the sleep lady shuffle. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ms. L. M. Cook
My husband and I agreed from the start we would never use the cry it out method for our children but we didn't know how best to help our daughter sleep on her own. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Maria Ellmore
Just controlled crying except you sit in the room and listen to the torture of them crying instead of outside the room. Waste of time.Published 17 months ago by Susan kielty