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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071381392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071381390
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,398 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

From the Author

Through months of research, personal experience, and working with 60 test case families, I have assembled and organized a wide variety of gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night. The ideas do not involve letting your baby cry -- not even for a minute. You will create a customized plan for your own family based on the ideas, all within a simple and easy-to-follow framework. It's a method that is as gentle and loving as it is effective.

I don't believe babies should be left alone to cry themselves to sleep. Or even left to cry as you pop in every 10 minutes to murmur comforting words without reaching out to touch them. But I also know that you can -- gently and lovingly -- help your baby to sleep peacefully all night long. So give The No-Cry Sleep Solution a try, and plan on seeing some wonderful sleep results.

More About the Author

When asked to define myself, the first thing that comes to mind is not the business that that brings in my paycheck, but the pursuit that occupies the majority of my days and the biggest chunk of my heart: Mother. I'm a mom of four wonderful, loveable, magical children. I've managed to create a rich and rewarding career as an author of books for parents, and as a speaker on this epic and important topic. I have the pleasure of writing about the things that bring families more peace, and the fun of chatting with people every day about our children and calling it work. I travel around the world to share what I know, and learn many new things from other parents on my journeys. I have presented at many conferences, hospital parenting programs and other events. I'm the author of nine parenting books available in 24 languages -- showing that parents are the same, no matter where in the world they live or what language they speak. My email box is filled daily with reader mail from all over the world -- my virtual pen pals. I have several new "No-Cry" parenting books in the works.

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I love Elizabeth Pantley's book, "The No-Cry Sleep Solution"!
Harvey Karp
Your baby and you WILL sleep through the night, and if you aren't comfortable letting baby cry it out, this book is for you.
Dr Mom
I will just add why this book did not work for us, though it's really great.

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1,538 of 1,623 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
OK, I admit it. I bought all of them. Here's how they compare:
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.
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1,110 of 1,242 people found the following review helpful By first-time mom on January 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
At 3 months, my son was sleeping 7pm-4am, waking up to feed, then back down until 7-8am. Then the holidays hit, and everything fell apart. Suddenly he was waking up no less than 12-15 times between 10pm-6am. After 10 days of getting less than 4 hours of (interrupted) sleep each night, my husband and I determined we needed to take action to help the poor kid get back on track. We bought three books - Ferber, "Healthy Sleep Habits" and this one.

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?
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on April 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book has a lot of reviews. I will just add why this book did not work for us, though it's really great.

1. In the beginning, Pantley notes that this will work if--and this is a huge, huge if--you have a support system to allow you to nap during the day (so you have stamina at night to put baby down again and again), to allow you to keep baby's schedule fairly tight, and to allow you to spend a long time with baby every time you put baby to sleep. If you are a military spouse, a single parent, or simply have a deadbeat partner, and you do not have another adult to help you, you had better hope your child is at least as easy as average to put down. Or your first and only child. As a mother at home alone with two children under three, it was impossible for me to implement. **You can not use this method successfully without the support she suggests.**

2. At the end of the book, presumably for schmucks like me that do everything and two weeks into training begin faltering in the middle of the night due to less than one hour of consecutive sleep for two entire weeks, and having to take care of children during the day, you reach a point where she says, "Still not working?"

Then she has two suggestions. One is to basically bank sleep, sleep all the time you can with baby, even if baby's only sleeping in 20-minute stretches, and then start over. After two or three weeks of sleep hell with no progress, does anyone really do that?

The second is a gentle cry-it-out method in which the parent basically lays baby down and pats baby to sleep through the cradle. Again and again and again. Presumably with baby shrieking / screaming / standing up and shaking the sides of the crib in misery.
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146 of 166 people found the following review helpful By H. Hood on March 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
I just wanted to report that this book changed my life immediately.
This is a very practical, sensitive book written by a mom who wanted to find a sleep solution that didn't involve varying degrees and timing of crying. I couldn't bare my baby's crying and was getting up 4-5 times a night for 3.5 months. When it occurred to me that I couldn't go back to work like this, desperate, I read web sites and then this book. In 24 hours (yes, one day!) my baby learned to sleep 5-6 hours and then again 2-4 hours. I am dreaming again and have less back pain too.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK for expecting and new parents (and grandparents nagging at you to let the little ones 'cry it out'). Here are a few highlights:
1. keeping babies up later so they get worn out won't lead to longer sleep... it will mean shorter stints since they get tensed up and can't relax well enough to go deep
2. calm down your home at night (sadly and for a little while at least, no more happy baby time for us with visitors and block meetings, baby brigade, etc.)
3. infant babies need 2-3 at least one hour naps per day (my baby slept periodically 30 minutes whenever)
4. babies need very regular schedules (oops, every day was different at our house as I was playing and erranding alot for this break without being at my office)
5. they need absolute darkness to sleep at night (we nixed the night light and noticed our neighbor's porch light came right into the nursery)
6. they don't necessarily need to feed if they awaken and can be patted to sleep (no wonder my kid's in the 90th percentile for weight)
Anyhow, we follow the tricks in the book exactly, all of them but putting a 'lovey' in my bra (good grief), and the method immediately worked for us. Of course it won't work for everyone and all babies are unique. But, if you're going crazy like I was, I recommend it.
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