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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Rev Exp edition (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743201639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743201636
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (418 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Ferber, M.D., is an associate professor of neurology at the Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital Boston. He lives in Newtonville, Massachusetts.

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Richard Ferber, M.D., is an associate professor of neurology at the Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital Boston. He lives in Newtonville, Massachusetts.

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I kept telling myself - "I'm doing this so he can get a better nights sleep!"
RKelly922
This book really contains useful info on solving babies' sleep issues, everything is well explained, easy to understand and follow.
Diana Crainiceanu
I then read Ferber's book, it made sense and sounded like something I could try.
Cali's Mommy

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792 of 829 people found the following review helpful By J & A on December 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
My wife and I tried for a while the ideas presented in the "no-cry sleep solution" without success. After months of lots of cry and no-sleep problems (both for our son and for ourselves), I decided to read Ferber's book. Because we were concerned about the "cry-it-out" method, I also did some research on what is known in the scientific literature. Here is a summary of my findings:

1- there are several published studies showing that cry-it-out (extinction) and graduated extinction methods are effective in solving sleep problems. Almost no controlled and detailed scientific studies support the "no-cry sleep solution" methods.

2- there is no hard evidence that letting your child cry-it-out causes long-term problems (unless you're ignoring real medical problems).

3- there is evidence that a child's sleep deprivation leads to impaired cognitive development.

4- cold-turkey cry-it-out (extinction) requires more maintenance than graduated extinction, the method proposed by Ferber.

5- Parents using graduated extinction to solve their child's sleep problems bond with their child more than parents whose child does not sleep through the night (true attachment parenting).

The above considerations led my wife and I to try Ferber, since it is in our son's best interest that he sleeps well. I should emphasize that Ferber does not support the "cold turkey" cry-it-out method, where you just let the child to cry to sleep. Instead, he supports the periodic check and reassurance of the child, to let him/her know that you're there for them (graduated extinction).

Ferber's book was very easy to read, even for a tired parent. I followed his recommendation, and read the whole book before attempting any treatment.
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301 of 328 people found the following review helpful By RKelly922 on August 14, 2010
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I never thought I'd say this, but I'm here to say, I think the book 'Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems' (aka Ferber Method, "Cry It Out" Method) is the most misunderstood book out there! Here's my story:
JP is my first baby. I thought I would be a 100% "attachment mom". I've read Dr. Sears books and I definitely thought that this was the parenting style for me (and still do in most aspects) I was NEVER going to be one of "those moms" that let their baby cry themselves to sleep. The thought of "crying it out" made me feel so bad - I didn't want MY baby to think I had just abandonned him to sleep alone. So for the first 6 months, I rocked, cuddled and fed JP to sleep (and enjoyed every minute of it!). We definitely formed that strong attachment I was waiting for. This worked great for us both - at first. He was sleeping through the night around 8 weeks and kept it up until around 4 months. Then he started fighting bedtime and was waking very, very frequently. Unfortunately, it wasn't just me he was attached to - he was also attached to his bottle and rocking chair! Nothing we did could get him back to sleep - short of feeding/rocking. Even that only lasted a short time, we were getting up several times a night and everyone in the house was exhausted - baby included. I would love to always rock and cuddle my baby to sleep but it was starting to create problems. :(
I was desperate to do anything. I read the No Cry Sleep Solution, Sleep Lady Book, everything I could get my hands on. All of these things had valid points - they just didn't seem to be working for me! Finally, I broked down and read the Ferber book - Solve your Child's Sleep Problems. Like I said before, I did not set out to be a CIO mom. Not only did I not want to do it, I didn't think it would work!
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By SoLil on February 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Along with this book, I also bought Weissbluth's Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. I read both cover to cover. Both promote letting the child learn to fall asleep themsleves, but Ferber recommends a gradual "checking in to soothe" while Weissbluth mainly promotes extinction (cry it out). I thought Weissbluth seemd too extreme so tried Ferber instead. Horrible results! My daughter has nursed to sleep since Day 1, and because she so strongly associates me with falling asleep, every time I would "check in", she would get more agitated. It must have been so hard for her to see and smell me, think she was going to get to eat, then have me walk away. I reluctantly tried Weissbluth's extinction method and she was asleep within 30 minutes. We both cried our hearts out those 30 minutes, but it worked.

Ferber has a lot of great information about sleep, sleep habits, and sleep problems for parents. While I know it's impossible to cover every scenario, I think he needs to do a better job differentiating between breast- and bottle-fed babies, different age ranges, and crib- and co-sleeping. "Everyone" seems to love this book and method, but for us it simply didn't do its job in breaking the association between nursing and sleep. My advice to moms whose babies use them to fall asleep is to have a supportive Daddy, grandparent, or friend implement Ferber's methods, and not the mother herself - at least not at first. Let them break that association of having only YOU to help them sleep. Or, try Weissbluth! I would encourage parents to read a few books before deciding on a method, and do what's right for your family.
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