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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child / Your Fussy Baby Paperback – October 26, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Slp edition (October 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345473027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345473028
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MARC WEISSBLUTH, M.D., a pediatrician with thirty-five years of experience, founded the original Sleep Disorders Center at Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital and is a professor of clinical pediatrics at Northwestern University School of Medicine. He has lectured extensively to parent groups and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Weissbluth lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Dr. Weissbluth's theories and practices all worked.
A. Fisher
He treats the reader with respect, and provides useful information such as how much sleep a certain age child SHOULD be getting.
Oakland Mike
She sleeps great at night and during the day, which makes her very happy when she is awake.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Oakland Mike on February 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Before we got this book, we tried several others. None gave us what we needed to deal with a very stubborn poor sleeping boy. Dr. Weissbluth gives you the information you need to have confidence implementing his methods. He treats the reader with respect, and provides useful information such as how much sleep a certain age child SHOULD be getting.

In three days our son was taking two naps a day and sleeping for twelve hours at night. I have given this book to several friends and it is now my default baby shower present.

GO FOR IT!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Bargain Savvy Mom on January 28, 2007
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I read MANY reviews before selecting a sleep book to read during my last trimester. I wasn't sure if I would be of the no-cry camp or the let-them-cry-it-out side. This book actually answered the question for me!

The author describes how a newborn, up to 4 months, should NEVER be allowed to just cry it out. They cry because they need something but they have not yet developed the ability to link a parental attention to crying and cannot play "games". The author encourages parents to do whatever you feel is needed to sooth the newborn, including rocking or nursing to sleep. After four months the author said the child can learn to "fake cry" to elicit a parental response. This is when he recommends listening for types of cries and begining to "extinguish" the crying behavior by slightly delaying your response, especially to fake cries and night whimpers.

The author is strongly in favor of ample sleep for children. He explains how much they need (it's surprising) and that parents should watch for symptoms of drowsiness and put the baby down drowsy. NOT fully awake and not crashed-out asleep. There is extensive talk about what to do with problem sleepers. All solutions involve watching for the baby/toddler to become drowsy (slowing down play, rubbing eyes) and putting them to bed then. A few minutes of fussing will probably follow, at which time you are to check on them periodicaly, but a swift drift off into sleep is always on the heels of the protest. Most all-night sleep battles are with overtired children whose bodies are producing stress hormones to keep them miserably awake. Putting to bed while drowsy (even at 6 pm in the evening) produces much happeir, more alert and more agreeable children.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm a pediatrician, and I did not receive any training during residency on normal infant sleep patterns. I wish I had read this book ten years ago.

Dr. Weissbluth explains in a respectful tone why sleep is so important and what happens biochemically to a non-sleeping baby. It isn't always obvious to every parent that the baby needs a sleep schedule . . . this book explains not only WHY a schedule is so important, but HOW to get the baby started on one. It took a little while for my (then five month old) daughter to catch up on her sleep, and now, at nine months, she sleeps 16 out of 24 hours -- 13 hours at night plus two naps. The book is informative but not preachy. No gimmicks, just science. He endorses both "cry it out" and "soothe to sleep" techniques, discussing the merits of each, and is supportive of either crib sleeping or co-sleeping -- whatever works best for your family and parenting style. Like many self-help books, "personal stories" are included in the text, but unlike most self-help books, the stories are used to illustrate a point and not simply to self-congratulate the author. After reading four other sleep books, I've finally found the one book I can confidently recommend to my patients and my mommy friends!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By torio on July 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when my twins were 9 months old and I wanted some guidance on daytime napping, and a lot of friends had recommended Healthy Sleep Habits... I didn't mean to buy 'Your fussy Baby', since mine are too old for that- so be careful when you buy this package that you get both books. I had already read a lot of books on sleep training, and while there were some really good tips here, I found 'The Contented Little Baby Book' by Gina Ford more direct. Weissbluth allows for more discretion which I think a mother needs, and overall I think this is a very good book to be read in conjunction with other philosophies, and you can adapt what works for your style and babies. A must-read if your baby doesn't sleep very much and you think it is OK that way- it's not!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory B. Miller on January 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this book and wish we had known about this book earlier than at our 3 month olds birthday. This is without a doubt allowed us as new parents to feel like we had control over the situation. Read the book cover to cover and it will start to make sense to you as you are able to interpret your baby's sleepy signs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Christensen on January 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read this book with my first son and didn't want to try it cause it felt cruel and too rigid. But, nine months later no one was getting any sleep and when I tried the sleep methods in the book my son went to sleep in his crib and slept through the night. It took a couple days to get him used to the situation, but I wished I would have done it sooner. When we had our second child I thought I knew it all, but new sleep problems arose and again I turned to this book found the answers, didn't like them, but did them anyways and guess what? They worked.
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