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Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems: New, Revised, and Expanded Edition Paperback – May 23, 2006
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"Kirkus Reviews" Those wrestling with a persistent or more serious problem will find this a real boon.
T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. author of "Doctor and Child" Dr. Ferber is remarkably clear about a complex and common problem....Most parents will be able to use this book as a guide in helping them sort out theirs from the child's needs and will be able to follow his clear, practical directions to the relief of sleeping through the night.
"Publishers Weekly" Ferber is sound, sane and reassuring....Parents of the sleepless should have this one on the shelf for its facts and solid suggestions that work.
"Kirkus Reviews" Welcome news for exhausted parents.
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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Since before his birth I was convinced I would be an 'attachment parent'/Sears follower. Let me first say that I believe in attachment theory and still try and practice this type of parenting. Where I made my mistake was in trying to strictly follow what Dr. Sears said, particularly regarding sleep. His advice which he calls, 'nighttime parenting' involves responding promptly to your infant or child's cries. As a newborn, yes, you want to respond fairly promptly. Crying is their only form of communication, they need to eat frequently, etc. However, after a certain age, responding so promptly to every little whimper can cause big problems for certain babies (including mine). Dr. Sears is obviously very anti-crying (and provides multiple forms of research that supposedly backs up his stance) so I tried all his suggestions including co-sleeping. Co-sleeping can and does work for many babies. I suspect these babies maybe wake 1-3X a night. Their parents probably love the nighttime cuddling and everyone is getting good sleep. However, if your baby is like mine and is much more wakeful, this can result in constant night-waking as often as every 45 minutes to nurse.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written book with clear solutions to sleep problems! I used this book to sleep train my 5 month old and it worked so well. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Ers
I liked this one better than Pantley. He actually gives you a plan and an idea of how long this process should take. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jennifer Richter
We used the Ferber method with our 2 kiddos and can't say it didn't work! We had everything stacked against us, so-sleeping, crib in our room, nursing to sleep, nap nursing, naps... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Stef
My husband and I read this book a few times over the course of a year and a half. I learned a lot about how sleep works and why I sleep the way I do, as well as the science behind... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Lauren L.
if you are having trouble with your child's sleeping at night, I recommend reading Dr. Ferber's "How to solve your Child's sleep problems" using the "progressive waiting method". Read morePublished 19 days ago by daniel lange II
Do yourself a favor and get this book and follow the method to a T and you're baby will be sleeping on his own and napping on his own by the very first day. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Angelica
Read this book for sleep training our 4 month old son. The book is very informative although it does have many sections that may not pertain to you if you are looking for the... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Curtis A Harris
First of all: Ferber is not a monster who lets babies cry themselves to sleep. If you give this book a chance you will see that. Read morePublished 28 days ago by CAB