Night-time Parenting (Plume) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 1995
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William Sears, M.D., is a pediatrician in private practice in Pasadena, California; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California; and a writer and frequent speaker on parenting and childcare. Childcare --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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won't have a problem". Now, that may well be true for most
families - but if you've breastfed and coslept since the
beginning, and you *do* have a problem, it's frustrating and
unhelpful! Much as I admire Sears, this book went into the
charity-shop-box. I recommend Pantley's "The No Cry Sleep
BUT the best thing about the book was the attitude and (nicely worded) reminder of three things:
(1) parenting does not stop at bedtime,
(2) being a doctor or even a pediatrician does not mean one is an expert on PARENTING, and
(3) many of the popular cure-all books on the market treat children's nighttime needs as problems. Certainly there are sleep disorders, but many doctors and books ignore that fact that infants are designed to awaken frequently. We've all heard it but new parents need to be reminded: this has been built into us for centuries as a survival mechanism. Until very recently in human existance, all babies slept next to their parents. If the babies awoke and were alone, they were at danger from predators and needed to cry and be found, to survive. Further, babies have tiny stomachs and breastmilk is designed to be easily digested. Babies wake up at night to eat - a very natural and essential fact.
Manipulating or forcing your baby to adhere to rigid sleeping schedules may get you 6 to 8 hours of sleep, but there are more natural techniques to ensure that ALL family members have a more enjoyable sleep.
My daughters have both slept through the night from 4 weeks. We do the family bed, and I still nurse my 9 month old. She surfaces to nurse but we both sleep through it, so she truly does sleep through the night.
We had the same anxieties that other new parents do, and this book helped us use our own common sense with confidence.
Co-sleeping with your baby is not the only solution Dr. Sears suggests. For more information on co-sleeping historically and cross-culturally, I recommend The Family Bed by Tine Thevenin. If you're looking for solutions to your older baby's sleep problems, you may also want to see The Discipline Book by Dr. Sears.
I understand the urge of parents who want to have their babies trained to sleep through the night in a nursery room -- some times I wish for the free time I imagine that affords. But we have fewer night problems than people we know who follow other methods. It's easier to make choices as a parent when you sort your wants from your needs. Babies ask for what they need. We have a very peaceful time as a family by following Dr. Sears advice and it really shows in our toddler's daytime and nighttime behavior.
"cry-it-out" theory of getting their baby or child to sleep,
this is the book for you. William Sears provides practical
advice on everything from the causes of night-waking in
infants and children to the best furniture to buy for
the children to sleep on. He covers important information
about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, night terrors, bed-wetting,
thumbsucking, nighttime fathering tips, nighttime
parenting of high-need babies, and much more. Working moms
will particularly like this book because it will give them
practical advice on how to ensure their young baby "knows
who their mom is!" Sears' advice not only works, but it just
plain "feels right". I've raised my two kids (now 2-1/2 and 10 mos)
using his advice, and it really works. A "must buy" for every
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very balanced book, full of information to help you as a parent understand your child and in turn cope with nighttime wakings. I would thoroughly recommend this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rose
this is a great book and it really helps you consider your child's feelings and the parents' ones too! It does not solve all your problems (and there is no book that can). Read morePublished on 2 April 2013 by Sonia Sartor
So much agree with the idea of co-sleeping, that's why I really love this book. I started co-sleaping when my little one was 7 months old after red this book... Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by danusko
A treasure trove of useful, supportive information to guide us in caring for our babies and ourselves through the night, reminding us that loving, responsive parenting doesn't stop... Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2011 by Paris mom
This book helped me keep breastfeeding my twins and probably saved my marriage! It was lovely to read and gave me all of the reassurance I needed to sleep safely with my twins... Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2011 by mummyscott
I haven't finished the book but it was an interesting book that enabled me to challenge my thoughts and consider if I was doing the right thing by my son. Read morePublished on 2 April 2011 by Amazon Customer
A great and reassuring read after reading 'baby training' books. This book just confirmed what I already knew - trust and follow your intuition.Published on 17 Feb. 2010 by J. Czaplicka
I am a tremendous fan of Dr. Sears and own several of his books, but this one is completely off-base. Read morePublished on 14 July 1999
I don't know what I would have done without the great books from Dr. Bill and Martha Sears. I knew what I felt was the right way to parent by listening to my "mother's... Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 1999