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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child Hardcover – October 4, 2005
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–from the Foreword by Cindy Crawford
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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
"From the Trade Paperback edition.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This coupled with Happiest baby were great reads. It will help if you are having sleep issues. Now with my 3rd child in... I'm an old pro :)Published 2 days ago by ajosglo
While we ended up trusting "The Baby Whisperer" more in the long run, Weissbluth's book is very handy for the foundational aspects of understanding a child's sleep needs... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Thomas J. Quinlan
Some stuff make sense, but it is not cure at all. Not exact fault of the book, rather babies are crying - you have to accept facts.Published 4 days ago by PK
I have quickly learned to read these sleep books with a grain of salt. This author makes it sound so easy to simply get your child on a sleep schedule when let's face it...... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jeninfer
Our daughter was a former patient of Dr. Weissbluth and was an extremely fussy baby, who always appeared to be in pain. He recommended we read his book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Former Patient
This is the most helpful baby book I ever read. The practical advice given here really works, and it is by no means obvious or intuitive. Read morePublished 16 days ago by April Tausik