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Good Nights: The Happy Parents' Guide to the Family Bed (and a Peaceful Night's Sleep!) [Kindle Edition]

Maria Goodavage , Jay Gordon
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Book Description

Your baby sleeps in your bed, and you love it. Except for those nagging worries about safety. ("She's so small, I'm so big!") And what your relatives are saying. ("She'll never leave your bed!") And that little foot that always ends up on your face.

Worry no more! Good Nights puts your concerns about the family bed to rest, with fun and easy-to-use guidance on safety, coping with criticism, and even keeping the spark in your marriage (albeit outside the bedroom). With warmth and humor, Dr. Jay Gordon, a nationally recognized pediatrician who has endorsed the family bed for decades, and Maria Goodavage, a former USA Today staff writer with training in sleep research, give you everything you'll need in order to thrive - and at times, simply survive - with the family bed. Good Nights provides a comprehensive look at:

- SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - Science is uncovering a wealth of advantages, including possible protection from SIDS, for babies who share their parents' bed.

- SURPRISING BENEFITS - Parents of young babies get much more sleep with the family bed! And little ones who spend time sleeping next to parents end up more independent (you read that right!) and closer to their parents than their cribbed peers.

- SAFETY - The authors give simple-to-follow advice on how to make your family bed at least as safe as a crib.

- SOUND SLEEP - Yes, it can be had. Good Nights lets you know how to overcome the obstacles.

- SEX - Ditto.

- SAYING GOOD-BYE - Your child really will leave your bed! Good Nights helps you help your child move on when the time is right.

If you're among the record number of parents turning to the family bed, turn to Good Nights. It's a bedside companion you won't want to be without.

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Parents of babies and toddlers hope for a good night's rest after a demanding day, but they rarely get it. Books like Richard Ferber's Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems argue that if bedtime becomes a problem, parents should put children in their own beds and let them cry it out. Here, pediatrician Gordon (UCLA Medical Sch.) and former USA Today writer Goodavage offer a gentler approach: put kids in the "family bed" every night, they say. Children will feel secure and happy, Mom can nurse without getting out of bed, Dad will relax, and a good night's rest for all will follow. Covered in full are "beducation," the problems that may arise, how to childproof the bed, dealing with intimacy, and coping with "naysayers." The text also offers reassuring comments from current and past family bedders. Skeptical? So was this reviewer, but the authors conducted impressive research and present it convincingly. Though not for everyone, this book provides a good alternative to dealing with those difficult "night nights." Recommended. Annette V. Janes, Hamilton, MA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Jay Gordon, M.D., is a pediatrician, and a teaching and attending faculty member at UCLA Medical School. He is a frequent expert guest on network television, and writes medical columns for national parenting magazines and web sites. He has acted as CBS TV's Medical Consultant for Children's Programming, and also worked for five years on ABC Television as the on-air medical correspondent for the "Home Show." He continues to consult regularly for television and movies, and is the author of three other books about children. His medical practice is based in Santa Monica, California, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Maria Goodavage is a former USA Today staff writer and the author of three popular books. Her interest in sleep research started at Northwestern University, where she worked at the school's sleep laboratory and studied the science of sleep. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter, and dog. The latter two no longer share the family bed.

Product Details

  • File Size: 866 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312275188
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
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221 of 225 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandma Approves! August 24, 2002
I was tickled when I found this book while browsing for sleep books for the youngest of my five children, who is about to have a baby. Back when she and her siblings were babies, they shared a bed with my my husband and I, and our family ended up incredibly close. I'm not saying the closeness was because of what people now call the family bed but it was a vital part of our children's young lives, to be able to sleep next to their loved ones and not have to be alone in a crib somewhere else. My mother told me I shared the bed with my parents when I was a baby in Ireland, so on it goes. My other children who have children have all brought them into bed as babies. My youngest wants to, but she is getting alot of pressure from people in her future mom's class not to do this. So I got her this book and I read it first, and it's charming and so very helpful, kind, caring, funny, fully of tips I wish I'd had when they my own were little.
She read some of it while I was visiting and she laughed and underlined and gave me such a hard hug I thought I'd pop. She brought it to her future moms group and showed them the first chapter full of scientific evidence that shows the powerful positive effects of letting your baby sleep next to you. The teacher said she was going to have to get a copy. She said the chapter on safety was "worth the price of admission." Now that's saying something, considering how she is one of those Ferber people. The book isn't preachy, as someone else who wrote a review mentioned, and that and it's sense of humor will probably help it break through alot of barriers with people like my daughter's teacher.
If you're wondering, my children left our bed fairly easily when it was time for another baby to move in.
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Helpful!!!!! September 13, 2002
This book is a great introduction to the family bed. It includes guidelines for safe co-sleeping, scientific and medical reasons why cosleeping is so good for baby, enjoying a great sex life even during the famiy bed years, and a section on 'trouble shooting' that includes a great explanation of why "crying it out" is a terrible thing to do to babies. It also covers transitioning a baby/child to their own bed and a great section on dealing with criticism from others. It is very "breastfeeding positive" and approaches breastfeeding as the "normal" way to feed babies/toddlers.
Some folks have raised a concern over the chapter on helping an older baby/child sleep through the night. This book did include Dr. Jay's "10 nights" plan to get a baby/child over 12 months of age to sleep through the night [for 7 hours]. It is *extremely* well done and the authors make it very clear that they would prefer you just leave the child to his/her own time table and relax about the whole thing. They state clearly that they are only offering this as an alternative for families that are seriously considering 'cry it out' out of desperation and they give a great explanation of why this method is FAR preferable to the Cry It Out stuff.
The plan is VERY gentle - the baby/child is never left alone, parents maintain physical and voice contact with baby [first by nursing, after 3 nights cut out nursing but use holding/cuddling, on 7th night don't pick up but touch and rub back while talking soothingly to child, etc]. I think this plan is very in keeping with what is reasonable for a child over 12 months - and very gentle and Attachment Parenting oriented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We are so grateful for this book! September 21, 2002
A few weeks ago I bought Good Nights. At that time my DH and I were sharing our bed with our 5 yr old and our 18 month old. Between the bouncing of the bed anytime anyone moved and the tight quarters and my little guy's night nursing every two hours, sleep quality was poor. I'd wake up every morning so tired, and my little guy would be out of sorts often, and my DH had a back ache from sleeping in wierd positions just to have room. My 5 year old said he never wanted to leave the family bed. We all loved it, but I had come to the point where it was time to move on! I'm no good to anyone when I'm that sleep deprived. I know that probably sounds awful to a lot of hardcore attachment parenters, but it was too much to take any more.
I read the book, and as they say, I laughed and I cried. I felt very affirmed for having slept beside our guys for so long, and I felt relieved; finally there was a book with tons and tons of practical information on how to deal with the not so perfect aspects of co-sleeping. (Love the title of the chapter on solutions to common family bed sleep problems -- "The Sandman Cometh.")
The chapter on helping a child wean from the family bed was a tremendous help to us. It gave us so many ideas for moving Ty to his own space that we were able to transition him to his own ROOM by using a few of the tips. Room, yes room! We got him bunk beds (Dr. Gordon and his co-author say it's the number one successful method family bedders have used!) for his previously unused bedroom. He was very excited and slept in there from the first night! After a week or so he got a little scared after watching a Scooby Doo movie, and wanted to return to our room for one night. By then we'd set up a bed beside ours, and we welcomed him back for what we hoped was only one night. Dr.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book- yay for co-sleeping!
Published 5 months ago by Starlobes
3.0 out of 5 stars good and simple
Simple advice to simpler nights with babies on board, Sharing a bed with your child or children makes so much sense, now.
Published 7 months ago by J. Leon
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this book though it is a bit harshly ...
I enjoyed reading this book though it is a bit harshly critical of the "cry it out" method (of which I am not a proponent, but don't need to be that extremely critical of). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort and assurance for closet co-sleepers everywhere!
I LOVED this book. My husband and I share our bed with our nine month old daughter (since she was just shy of three months). Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, easy read! Great book!
A great book! Very positive and funny! Validated everything I was doing/thinking about the family bed and co sleeping! Great advice.
Published 12 months ago by Sjp
5.0 out of 5 stars simple truths just love it
It is so great to read about the topic i feel reassured and guided now about a practice we've already had for 16 months.... I don't feel shame anymore but feel proud of cosleeping. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ignacio
5.0 out of 5 stars He's Got Some Good Insight
I especially liked the section of stories from former cosleepers. It was fun to hear their memories and wonder what my babes will grow up and say. Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. Koehn
5.0 out of 5 stars mommy of 3
Really opened my eyes! It feels like it's the right parenting thing to do, but I thought it was so wrong. Very grateful for this book and the information it gives. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mommy of 3
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money......
Save your money and just follow your instincts. I found very little value in this book. There were no great tips just alot of justifying why co-sleeping is a good practice. Read more
Published 19 months ago by JoAnne & Dan Schaub
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend.
We started sharing bed from day one naturally and enjoyed it, but I still had some doubts because of the safety issues and "they all say that it's wrong". Read more
Published 19 months ago by Guzel
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