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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0737304944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0737304947
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,465,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul M. Fleiss, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine, was the subject of the film The Good Doctor, starring Michael Gross. His private practice boasts a roster of celebrity patients including Madonna's daughter and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on May 25, 2003
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First I'll say that I am a great respecter of Dr. Fleiss and his work - I've found him incredibly helpful in my career as a mommy. But this book was a big disappointment. I have 2 children [a toddler and a preschooler] who are very poor sleepers. I bought this book hoping for some help in getting them to sleep better. It was useless to me, unfortunately.
This book contains a great explanation of how babies and children [and even grown ups] sleep. It is very supportive of the 'family bed' or 'co-sleeping' and very 'attachment parenting' oriented. This would be a wonderful book for an expecting or brand new mother who doesn't know what to expect concerning how her baby will sleep.
But if you already have a child who has a sleep problem, you will find very little of practical use here. Dr. Fleiss promises to tell you how to get your child to sleep in a healthy way, but what he offers are very simplistic, common sense ideas that any half way intelligent parent would probably be using anyway. [ie: don't give your kid caffeine; dont feed your kid a whole bunch of junk food; don't let your kid watch TV right before bed; have your child sleep in a hygenic, insect free room; make sure your kid gets exercise; dress your child in comfortable clothes - or no clothes - for bedtime; don't give your kid drugs or alchohol to make them sleep!! etc].
For those of us already doing all these common sense things, there is nothing else suggested. Dr. Fleiss assumes that any parent who does these things will have a child who sleeps blissfully all night [or as much as is age appropriate]. This simply isn't true in many cases.
He also includes some more strange things - for example, he tries to build a case that circumcision causing nightwaking.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Ryan on January 22, 2001
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SWEET DREAMS is very helpful! I really like that it is filled with practical tips and easily understandable guidelines. We had been having problems getting our 2 year old to sleep. Dr. Fleiss's suggestions on positive bedtime rituals has already solved that problem. His words about the importance of parents involving themselves in their child's life really made me think. I suppose most parents think that they are involved, but SWEET DREAMS showed me what real involvement is. I am so grateful to Dr. Fleiss! I am giving this book to my best friend, who is expecting in a few weeks!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Mason on March 6, 2001
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Very informative book. As far as I'm concerned, Dr. Fleiss and this book are a godsend. It taught me a lot about my baby's needs. This book is wonderful. It first explains a child's sleep pattern and why some children don't sleep through the night then gives you ways to help your child learn to put himself back to sleep. It worked wonders for us. I am finally getting some sleep after only 1 week of using these techniques. Our son was waking three to four times a night, although, nursing him when he woke in the middle of the night did not work for us. My baby has slept through the night 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.
My husband and I are committed Christians and we really appreciated the conservative, family-oriented approach that Dr. Fleiss takes. We also like that the book is packed full of information on sleep at all ages. He even provides helpful information on helping older children and teenagers to sleep! We really recommend this book to any parent who would like more sleep. It's a easy to follow program with a lot of information so you understand why it's so important for your child to sleep through the night.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Thompson on June 9, 2001
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This book was packed full of very useful information. The discussion about the right sleepware was really intriguing. I had never considered this aspect of sleep before. I had no idea that this was such a big topic! I am making some changes to my son's sleepware right now. I also appreciated Dr. Fleiss's fair treatment of both sides of the co-sleeping controversy. He should be applauded for his supportive stance on breastfeeding! It is about time that a sleep book pointed out that there are a lot of medical studies supporting breastfeeding as a gentle and effective way of helping babies sleep properly.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2001
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This book is fantastic! My little boy has already started sleeping better after I used some of the gentle techniques that Dr. Fleiss recommends. The part about nutrition and exercise was really interesting. The amazing thing is that this book has even helped me get better sleep. My son and I practice the techniques together. I love the togetherness and family spirit that Dr. Fleiss advocates. Thanks Dr. Fleiss! Please write more books.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2000
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Wow! What a wonderful book! I was delighted to find this book on amazon.com after reading several of Dr. Fleiss's excellent articles on childcare in parenting magazines. This is just the best book on sleep that I have ever read. I love how Dr. Fleiss beautifully combines compassion and sensitivity for children and solid scientific facts. The step-by-step approach is just great. My child already sleeps well, but after reading the book, I can see how the fascinating information in this book will help me help my child maintain his good sleep patterns. Bravo, Dr. Fleiss!
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