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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child [Kindle Edition]

Marc Weissbluth Md
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Book Description

One of the country's leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving--and preventing--your children's sleep problems

Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child's natural sleep cycles. This valuable sourcebook contains brand new research that

- Pinpoints the way daytime sleep differs from night sleep and why both are important to your child
- Helps you cope with and stop the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bedwetting, and more
- Analyzes ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to his internal clock--naturally
- Reveals the common mistakes parents make to get their children to sleep--including the inclination to rock and feed
- Explores the different sleep cycle needs for different temperaments--from quiet babies to hyperactive toddlers
- Emphasizes the significance of a nap schedule

Rest is vital to your child's health growth and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age. Advises parents dealing with teenagers and their unique sleep problems

Editorial Reviews


“I love Dr. Weissbluth’s philosophy that the most important thing to have is a well-rested family. And fortunately, thanks to this book, most days (and nights) we do!”
–from the Foreword by Cindy Crawford

From the Hardcover edition.

From the Publisher

I read this book when my second child was born last fall. My first baby was a terrible sleeper, and I was determined not to go through that same nightly hell -- rocking, singing, walking, coddling for hours only for her to wake up when I finally placed her in the crib. So, with my son, I decided to be prepared. And Dr. Weissbluth's methods were amazing. Who knew that babies would actually like to go to sleep early? By watching my son's moods, I learned that he really needed more evening sleep, and two lengthy naps, one in mid-morning and another in early afternoon. Bedtime at 7:30 and he sleeps until 6:00 am! He's happy, energetic and bright. I'm truly convinced that if I had tried to go through the "crying to sleep" method again (my husband and I did attempt it with my first kid, but found it absolutely agonizing), we would have all had a miserable few months.

Now I know why the good doctor gets phone calls from all over the U.S. asking for advice. He is one of the leading pediatric sleep researchers in the country, and is frequently consulted by top parenting and child care magazines.

I'm so utterly devoted to this book, that I'm happy to announce Dr. Weissbluth will be updating the research in a new edition of HEALTHY SLEEP HABITS, HAPPY CHILD due out in 1999. Same life-changing concepts, but with additional testamonials from parents who've used this book so successfully in the past.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1811 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0449004023
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000S1L9B0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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485 of 503 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BABY SLEEP BOOK ON THE MARKET June 4, 2001
By Heidi
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was an excellent book - I cannot tell you how much this book helped our sleepless, colicky infant. But, several friends with non-colicky babies actually recommended this for any infant. This book is a wonderful middle ground for those parents who do not want a severe schedule (BABYWISE) or the opposite end of the spectrum, attachment parenting (Dr. Sears). It was the only book that I found that spoke knowledgeably about colic, and gave the only helpful advice available on the subject (believe me, we tried it all). It is not a cry-it-out book, although some may look at it in that light. What it teaches you is this: 1. watch your child. 2. put him/her down to sleep when you first see the signs of tiredness 3. most children under 6 months do not stay awake for longer than 2-3 hours at a time without needing a nap. 4. DO NOT just put your child down to nap when you feel like it - that's just letting him/her cry, not TEACHING them to sleep. 5. Most children need to go to sleep at night earlier than you'd think. 6. Going to bed earlier promotes later sleeping (weird, but true. As the author says, it's not logical. It's biological - sleep promotes sleep) There's a lot more too. I really like that the author's data is based on studies that he has done involving the patterns of children who naturally sleep and nap well. No, it didn't give us a perfect baby. We happen to have a very sensitive high strung girlie, who also power-naps. But we went from a cranky post-colicky baby who took no naps or 15-20min naps and got up many times per night to a sweet smiling girl who now takes 3 45min-1 hour naps per day and sleeps from 6pm-7am (waking 2 times to nurse). Oh yes. The nursing. She used to think that nursing was the only way to get to sleep. Read more ›
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827 of 896 people found the following review helpful
A friend purchased this book for us before our son was born, and we read it cover-to-cover. When our little guy entered the world, it didn't take long to discover that he had horrid colic, acid reflux to boot, and wouldn't even sleep lying down. We used his swing at firt, and as a breastfeeding mom, he often landed in bed somewhere in the middle of the night. I was determined, however, to have him in his crib before I went back to work at 3 months and this book helped me accomplish that... until he was about 6 months.

Once he was old enough to "decide" what he liked and didn't like, and probably due to seperation anxiety- he wouldn't go to sleep easy (cried every night) and began to wake a lot at night, crying for HOURS. After two weeks of the "ignore him" method, and then going "this isn't working at alL!", we tried another 3-4 weeks using the Ferber method (go in every few minutes). We were pulling our hair out. He was SOOOOO unhappy all day after a night of crying, and it got to the point where when you went to put him in his crib for a nap, he would arch his back and just sob... and scream at night. NO ONE was sleeping. Once he could stand (at 7 mos), he would cling to the bars of his crib crying and if he fell asleep, it was curled in the corner with his face against the bars... and we'd be off to a bad start from the moment he woke in the morning.

I started to give up.

Plain and simple. I couldn't do it. My husband and I had not slept in the same bed for more than a month at this point since we "alternated" whose turn it would be to listen to our son cry or try to sooth him in his crib.
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698 of 813 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful to some degree July 7, 2001
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I generally like to start my reviews by saying what I liked about the book I read. In my opinion, the best and most important point made by this book is that sleep is vital for babies. Parents should be on the lookout for signs their child might be suffering from lack of it, and should also make sure their lifestyles do not interfere with their child's healthy sleep. I also appreciated the author's input about sleep problems and solutions for older children.
I disagreed most with the idea that it is generally a good idea to allow children to cry as long as it takes to get them to sleep at night. Will this method do long term psychological damage? The author says no, and I agree that is probably correct. Okay, so the child won't be delinquent as a teenager, or hate you as an adult. But as a parent, my question is which method is easiest on the child in the short term, as well as being effective in the long term? Frankly, I don't want my child to be unnecessarily miserable, even if it's only for a few nights. Further, I simply couldn't listen to screaming cries for any length of time without intervention.
For the parent interested in sleep "training", I think Dr. Richard Ferber offers a better method. Even Dr. Weissbluth admits Ferber's method's work- he simply thinks they may be too difficult for some parents to apply. Well, I think a little more difficulty may be worth while if the child has an easier time.
Oddly, Dr. Weissbluth claims to have no problems with the "family bed". However, I find his family bed advice confusing, and most of the tips he offers throughout the book seem to be incompatible with the practice. If anybody is practicing the family bed, they should definitely go with Dr.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Using again !!
Had borrowed a friends book with my first child and wanted my own for my second son. He came early and I love how that mentioned .
Published 2 days ago by Bianca Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars My go to sleep bible
I have 2 children, 2 and 4, who I have sleep trained using Dr. Weissbluth's methods and they were both sleeping 12 hours through the night by 5 months. Read more
Published 6 days ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Turn Around with My Baby
I was really struggling with my baby's sleep habits, and things seemed to be getting worse by the day. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what we needed
This was referred to us by our pediatrician. Our 9month old breastfed baby was still getting up at night. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kate Oettinger
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for anyone interested in Attachment Parenting
This is not a book for people interested in Attachment Parenting or a long term nursing relationship. Some people love it, it was NOT for our family. Read more
Published 7 days ago by StephAustinNC
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
I love this book! I received this as a gift when my son was born and I swear by it. He's now almost 3. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Danielle Desch
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST sleep help book out there
Too many books on sleep are filled with judgment and unscientific information. This one is neither. Weissbluth carefully addresses just about every sleep issue imaginable and... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Glovers
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved Us!!!
We had NO idea our little baby/toddler needed more sleep! This book explains how much sleep she needs at what stage of life, and the signs the child exhibits when they don't get... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Trin
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, sexist, not for working mothers
Cookie cutter approach to child rearing. If you are a working mother don't bother with this book. The main point is that your life should revolve around your child's sleep cycle. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Super helpful
Helped us get through the first several months with both our girls. Super nice to know what to expect at each age. Helps to normalize what babies are doing at different ages. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Scott D Stine
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Napping schedule for a 3 month old??
I have a 3 month old as well, and I try to make sure she gets at least 45 minutes of sleep after 2 full hours of being awake. Her schedule is roughly wake up, get a diaper change, eat, play for an hour, get held for a while, then sleep. After she wakes up, we start it all over again. During... Read more
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6-month old mom SOS!
Hi, I totally understand what you're going through. My daughter is now 6 months old and started doing this hourly waking at 5 months. It's crazy, and I understand what it's like to not sleep. However, we've been practicing the Dr. Sears attachment parenting and family bed thing, (have been... Read more
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My 15 week old won't sleep more than 2 hours at night
My 13-week-old son is doing the same thing. He's in his PNP asleep by 7pm and usually up for his first feeding at 11pm. After that, he's up again every two hours or so, sometimes more. From what I have read, this is normal for babies their age (I know that probably doesn't make you feel better).... Read more
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very short naps for 3 month old
How are you transitioning your gal from your arms to the crib? I think I made a huge mistake in that I have been carrying and holding our 3 mos old daughter through her naps and she can't sleep on her own in her crib or co-sleeper. She is currently on me in the Bjorn taking a nap. She can nap... Read more
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I have the same problem. My 8 and a half month old will not sleep. She gets tired and fussy, then she starts to fight sleep. She will not sleep in her crib. She starts crying and will not stop if we put her in the crib. She tries to crawl arounnd our bed and start patting on us to keep us... Read more
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