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Teach Your Child to Sleep: Solving Sleep Problems from Newborn Through Childhood (Hamlyn Health) Paperback – 15 Sep 2005

4.2 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews

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"What is brilliant about this book is the way the authors steer
readers away from bad habits from the very start"
-- Families upon Thames

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Make sleep deprivation a thing of the past with effective, tried-and-tested solutions. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I use this book to support my clients whose children have sleep problems and having attended their sleep workshop can thoroughly recommend this book to parents. Contrary to some of the poor reviews they DO NOT recommend leaving babies/children to cry but give workable, realistic solutions to this very real problem that parents face. Like any change, children take time to adapt and it usually takes quite a few days of consistent adherence to rectify issues but most fit and healthy children will show improvements.
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I have bought this book twice as it is that good! I don't normally write reviews but I do swear by this book. I am now ordering again for my second child as I have my others away. I went to a sleep session as the local baby centre and the health visitor used his book to help us.
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Not providing more specific or essential information that you can't find online. Following the book suggestions I actually managed to make things worse and had to pay for professional nanny...
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Very good
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Useful for those experiencing sleep problems with their babies and toddlers. Easy to follow and implement. Well written advice. Thanks!
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Some useful advice, but when I tried the methods, I couldn't bear to listen to my daughter crying. The look on my daughter's face, like I was crushing her whole world! All my mummy instincts were railing against it. As a 1 year old she had no way of understanding what was going on or why her mummy abandoned her. I just couldn't do that to her.

I ended up buying the No Cry Sleep Solution and Gentle Sleep Book instead. With the No Cry Sleep Solution book it took a little longer (1 month rather than 2-3 weeks) but my daughter slept much better without all the tears!!! Sleep training doesn't need to be harsh, it can be gentle. Shame this book doesn't give more gentle solutions alongside the break-the-child solutions.

It still deserves 2 stars though because it did have good information about how children's sleep develops.
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I was horrified to read some of the recommendations in this book to leave your baby to cry even if they are so upset they actually vomit. I had heard that the Millpond clinic was used by the NHS health visitors but I think if HV are advising leaving a baby to cry even if they are hysterical and vomiting then there is something very wrong with NHS training.

I would advise anyone thinking of using cry it out or controlled crying methods to read this article first: [...]
I would also say not to use this book!

Other than the section on controlled crying there are snippets of good advice but the advice is limited and not detailed enough. There are far better researched books out there.
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This is not a big book. Don't look for value-for-money in the number of pages. But if you need advice and techniques for helping babies and toddlers sleeping, in a book that gets to the point quickly, this is the one for you.
If you cut out the theory bits, the 'why is sleep important' (I was too tired to read that chapter) then you can probably digest the sections relevant to your child's age and particular sleep problems in 30-45 minutes flat. And, to me, that's worth the money because I don't have time for a long self help book.
There were few surprises in the book. Any conversations with mums/dads about sleep will bring up most of the techniques in here. But what it does do very well is show you how to introduce them in a way that is gentler on the child, and combine the techniques in an effective way.
For example, it discusses the relative pros and cons of controlled crying versus gradual withdrawal, then goes on to give you a sleep plan combining either with other techniques like the Sleep Fairy (which was new to me, and worth the cost of this book alone!).
How to pick a sleep plan, how to introduce it, run with it, and finally remove it as the child's sleeping improves. Without the fluff and filler of other parenting books.
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