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Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night's Sleep Paperback – May 7, 1997

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About the Author

Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., is Pediatric Clinical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Allegheny University of the Health Sciences in Philadelphia. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology, and is associate professor of psychology at St. Joseph's University. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1 edition (May 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062734091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062734099
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D., is associate director of the Sleep Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, is professor of psychology at Saint Joseph's University, and is the author of numerous publications on pediatric sleep disorders.

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As far as I'm concerned, Jodi A. Mindell and this book are a godsend. I have been co-sleeping with my baby since he was born, just to get two or three hours of sleep at a time. I was told that a breast-fed baby would most likely not sleep through the night untill 12 months! I never though it would work, but the methods suggested in this book worked almost immediately. After a couple of tearfull bedtimes and naps, my 7 month old baby boy sleeps like a champ! I swear to God, if you can put up with the heart-wrenching first few times, you are in for a whole lifestyle change. After four days of using these methods, my baby has slept through the night in his own crib for the first time ever! He can put himself to sleep without my assistance in less than ten minutes, and takes the longest naps he ever has (an hour or more each)! I've told everyone of my friends about this book...I couldn't reccomend it with more enthusiasm. It has changed our lives forever. I have one happy, well-rested baby.
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By A Customer on June 6, 2000
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This book changed our lives. It is so amazing that I now give it to every one of my friends as a baby shower gift. Our 7 month old daughter was still breastfeeding every 2 hours day and night. I almost had a nervous breakdown I was so exhausted. Our pediatrician told us that there was no physical reason that she should be waking and eating that much. I found this book (I truly believe that God sent it to me) and finally knew that it was time to help our baby learn sleep habits. I could never bring myself to use all of the BabyWise book methods; they just seemed so harsh and cruel. However, this book lays it all out with the reasonings behind all of the suggestions, and lets you know that if you can't let your baby cry for 5 full minutes, it's OKAY to go check on her after only 2 minutes. The main thing is to just make sure you keep lengthening the time intervals. The very first night we tried the methods in this book, our daughter cried a total of 55 minutes (which was extremely heartbreaking). However, she SLEPT THE REST OF THE NIGHT and woke up HAPPY -- something she had never done! The next night I thought would be worse, but she only cried 30 minutes before putting herself to sleep. By the third night, it was less than 10 minutes. Her naps also increased and she became a much happier baby. She is now 2 and a half years old and still sleeps better than most of her friends. This book is a miracle and a must have for all parents!
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This is the first book I've found that appreciates how difficult sleep training is on the parents, and offers alternatives to rigid, lengthy crying sessions in the middle of the night. The result -- my 4 1/2 month old is now sleeping through the night (as are his grateful parents!). First we worked on the naps (no more naps in the bouncy seat, and into the crib at the first yawn or eye rub), then the bedtime routine (same time, same place), and finally let the little guy cry it out in the middle of the night -- to the tune of 1 1/2 turns of the mobile and a couple trips in to pat his belly and tell him it was alright. It wasn't torture for us or the baby. Dr. Mindell gives you permission to recognize your own limits and set your own guidelines for what's enough for one night. Her book is practical, realistic, and compassionate. With that kind of advice, you actually believe you can succeed. What's more, she makes you realize how much happier your child will be if ! he can just soothe himself to sleep.
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By A Customer on July 10, 2004
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My partner and I agonized over using this method, which is really a more gentle version of Ferber's method. Our twins were so different, our baby girl sleeping 10 hrs at night by 5 months old, while our little boy struggled, waking up 4x/night at this age, requiring 20-30 minutes of walking/jiggling to get back to sleep. We finally reached a point where we could no longer do this and continue to work. After using this method, in 3 nights he was putting himself to sleep and a much happier baby. unfortunately, he was also a child who kept up with night waking and a month later we finally did the 'cry it out' method for night wakings as well....whichi'm happy to report only took 1 night of painful short (10-20 min) episodes of crying. Now he sleeps routinely 7 pm- 4 am, i give him 1 feeding, and he sleeps til 6-7 (now 8 mo. old). We did not agree with the idea of no nursing before bedtime, i still do that, but the difference is that i don't nurse them til they're asleep....instead i let them nurse 5 min or so til drowsy and then put them down.
we have been so happy with this book and the 'healthy sleep habits' book, used together, that i recommend them to all my friends. just know you have to believe 100% that this is the right thing for your child because it is incredibly painful to go through. we were rewarded by seeing such a change in his demeanor once he got better quality sleep that i know it was the right thing for him.
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I was really skeptical about this method at first since I knew I just couldn't stomach the Ferber method (basically abandon the baby in the crib, let him cry himself to sleep) & it seemed way too harsh for me so this was an ok compromise I agreed to try.

Basically the theory seemed sound: A baby should learn to fall asleep on his own and not need rocking or eating to fall asleep. Everyone wakes up on their own in the middle of the night and when the baby does this, you want him to put himself back to sleep instead of screaming.

Quick background: We had a preemie born 2 months early and for the last 6 months we've been getting up 3-4 times a night to feed him. This was necessary at first but now that he is 17lbs, 25 inches long & has caught up physically, I suspected he really didn't need to eat every 2-3 hours. (The hope was to get him to sleep maybe 5-6 hours by using this book.) I have not slept more than 2 consective hours in 6 months due to this, because even when we would get 3 or so hours of him sleeping, I could never go right back to sleep that fast and by the time I did, he was screaming again. He is also still colicky during the day, meaning anytime he is awake and isn't eating he is screaming his head off. Also, this whole time he needed to be in the baby bjorn and me walking to fall asleep or be in the car or he would fall asleep while eating. He never just went to sleep on his own in his bed, we let him fall asleep wherever he could and then we sneak him into bed after he fell asleep.

Basically I was hoping to get 5-6 consecutive hours of sleep for him from this book, that was my goal. 6 hours was being very optimistic.

So... night # 1 we established a routine: Read a book, gave him a little bear to hold and put him in bed.
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