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The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night Paperback – April 18, 2002
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"At long last, a book I can hand to weary parents with confidence that they can learn to help their baby sleep - without crying it out."
-William Sears MD, author of The Baby Book
"Speaks to the uniqueness of each child in a loving and knowledgeable way."
-James McKenna PhD, Mother-Baby Sleep Center, University of Notre Dame
"A book that deals sensitively with the issue: how to get babies to sleep without letting them cry it out."
-Tricia Jalbert & Macall Gordon, Attachment Parenting International
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Ferber: Advocates crying to sleep with parent soothing on a time schedule. Put your baby in the crib. Come back to pat and say soothing words at 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, etc. Increase the times every night. Hopefully your baby will stop crying and go to sleep. Lots of scientific discussion about sleep.
Weissbluth: Advocates crying to sleep without parent soothing. Open-ended time - no limit. You are "leaving him alone to forget the expectation to be picked up." Has a section on children over 7 years old.
Mindell: Advocates crying to sleep with parent soothing, on a schedule similar to Ferber but with more frequent checks on the baby.
Pantley: Advocates using gentle techniques to avoid crying. Focus on understanding why baby is waking and fixing problems with routines, new associations, and gradual changes in patterns. Supportive of breastfeeding and co-sleeping as well as crib sleeping and bottle feeding.
There is really a couple of key concepts here - how to reduce the length of nighttime feedings, and how to reduce the frequency. We, like most parents, nursed (I say we, I obviously mean my wife) our baby when he woke up crying, and he nursed back to sleep.
Eventually the little bloke kept waking up every 1.5 hours, mainly just to nurse. Plantley's solution for reducing the time it takes to nurse at night worked really well, and we were able to reduce the amount of time it took to nurse him back to sleep considerably.
However, her next key routine didn't work for us at all - how to sooth him, and put him down slightly awake.. You are meant to pick him up, sooth him, and put him down drowsy. If he starts crying, pick him up, and do it all over again. In her book she states "you might need to do this five times, but that is OK, really". Well, 1 hour later, and he still wasn't going back to sleep. I must have done this at least 50 times. As soon as he hit the crib he would startle, and start crying and fussing.
Our baby is now pretty much sleeping through the night though! And I wanted to share what we learnt, and did.
1) feeding solid food (baby food). Our baby is six months, and we started giving him baby food morning and night. I know that every sleep book says that giving solids makes no difference, but I also know that every parent will tell you otherwise. A full baby is a baby that sleeps better.
2) Stopping nursing at night, and finding another way to sooth him. This was key for us.Read more ›
Of course we wanted to follow the no-cry solution. Who wants to put their child (and themselves) through the misery of cry it out? I truly believed that cry it out was the wrong thing to do and was positive this plan would work. My husband and I committed to the program and agreed we'd follow it "as long as it takes."
It took all of our energy to read the book cover-to-cover, put together a sleep log and then lay out our sleep plan. The author instructs you to have "patience" and to celebrate even the smallest improvements. What she doesn't really acknowledge is that, when serious sleep deprivation has you at each others' throats, weeping hysterically at the drop of a hat and feeling resentful towards your poor innocent baby, "patience" is something nearly impossible to come by.
After 4 weeks of working with our sleep plan - following the guidelines 'round-the-clock - our son was still waking up 6-8 times a night and napping poorly during the day. This was an improvement over waking a dozen times a night, but still he had huge dark circles under his eyes, startled easily, cried at nothing. He was miserable. We all were.
Despite the 300 other reviews here that say basically "if you really love your baby, you won't let him cry it out" ... I LOVE MY BABY. And we finally decided to let him cry it out. And now?Read more ›
This book is that help. I bought the No-Cry Sleep Solution when my twin son and daughter were about 9 months old. I was exclusively breastfeeding them and attachment parenting them and did not want to stop that parenting style, but was desperate for sleep. Elizabeth's book was informative, easy to read, easy to follow, and most importantly comprehensive. She does not advocate for any one method of helping babies and parents to sleep, but rather gives weary, exhausted, and overwhelmed parents useful information about what reasonable expectations for sleep are, emphasizes safety, and then gives them easy to use tools they can use to identify sleep issues and many techniques they can choose from to try to bring more sleep to everyone, regardless of sleep arrangements or feeding style! I especially like her sleep logs and analysis tools.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The ideas in this book are wonderful in theory but were just not doable for exhausted parents. They are a lot of work and require a lot of energy and patience that we didn't have... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Lena
We love this book! It has been very helpful with both our children. If you are not interested in cry it out I highly highly suggested this book! Read morePublished 1 month ago by J.T.
My husband and I weren't interested in the Cry it Out methods that were so prevalent in the market (who am I kidding - my husband just wanted SLEEP and was thankfully trusting in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by shawn adams
This will not be helpful if you're dealing with a baby that actually has a sleep issue. If you're like me, you've already tried everything, you need a plan, not just suggestions... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew S.
I love how she isn't offering a one size fits all sleep solution or patenting philosophy. Her book offers choices and is so empowering! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer