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Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old: A Step-by-Step Plan for Baby Sleep Success Hardcover – January 19, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (January 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525949593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525949596
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Suzy Giordano is the mother of five children, the youngest being fraternal twin boys. Also known as the Baby Coach, Suzy has worked with hundreds of Washington, D.C. area families as a baby sleep specialist for the past ten years.

Lisa Abidin is a former client of Suzy’s and the mother of girl-boy twins.


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Customer Reviews

I can only say that we followed the steps in the book and it worked for us.
D. Markle
Any breastfeeding mom who would try to only feed a baby 4 times in 24 hours, would find her milk supply drying up and a VERY hungry and frustrated baby.
mom of 3 boys
Mommy and Daddy get good sleep which makes for very happy parents, which makes for very happy baby.
Kim Randleman

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118 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Miller on March 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because my husband and I were up all night with our 7 month old baby who has only slept through the night (7-8

hours at most) a handful of times since he was born.

He also had to be bounced over and over and over to get him to go to sleep or be breastfed. He only took 30 minute naps during the day, and he took 4-5 naps a day!!! I also have a 2 year old to chase around so I have been a walking zombie for the past 7 months!!

I already tried Weisbluth, Pantley and another sleep book and none of them worked. I read your book and thought that I would at least try putting him on the eating every 4 hour schedule and not letting him fall asleep and then slowly try (maybe) to work on naps and then maybe on the letting him put himself to sleep part. I wasn't at all expecting to be sitting here 4 days later at 8:00 pm with my baby sound asleep (who also put himself to sleep ) typing on the computer! I thought that there was no way that my very needy baby would ever be able to put himself to sleep , to tell you the truth I really wasn't even considering trying!

The first day that I put him on the every 4 hour schedule he ate every

4 hours and took 2 naps at about 2 hours each and them slept for 11 hours only waking once but putting himself back to sleep. Every night since I have crossed my fingers and he has slept 11 to 12 hours straight through. My life feels so much different than it did last week!! He is a new baby and I am a new mom! Just wish I would have read this book earlier! It is short and easy to read, unlike the other books I read that go on & on for 300+ pages.
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135 of 158 people found the following review helpful By AOT on January 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when my first child was born, and applied the concepts after she was 8 weeks old. By 14 weeks, she was sleeping 11-12 hours/night with 2 naps during the day. She wasn't miserable, and I certainly did not starve her. My second child was born last year, and I followed the same plan. She was sleeping 12 hours by 13 weeks - also with two naps during the day. For those who suggest this book is inhumane, the author expressly states that you should not begin sleep training your baby until they are 8 weeks old, and at least 10 pounds AND consuming at least 24 ounces of formula or breastmilk in 24 hours. I will admit that I had better success when I bottle fed my children (I used expressed breastmilk) rather than nursed. You can determine how many ounces your baby is consuming more easily when bottle feeding vs. nursing.

You will achieve sleep success more easily if you are fairly regimented about training, and remain regimented until a schedule is well-established.

So for those reviewers who think that you are supposed to starve your baby for 12 hours at night, you are mistaken. The author does not suggest that at all. For the first 8 weeks of life, the author states that you must feed on-demand. Each baby is different, and you'll need to modify the sleep training techniques for your child, but the overall concept does work, and my children are happy, pleasant and well-rested.
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57 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Ava's Mom on March 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've read some of the negative reviews on this book, and was shocked. The book really worked for us. Our daughter was sleeping through the night at 10 weeks (and I am a breastfeeding mom). Personally, I've adjusted the time to 10 hours (I was grateful for that) instead of the 12 hours because I wanted to spend more time with my child in the mornings. Really, it's a great book. I know there are some problems with the 4 feedings concept, but my baby eats the same amount (she just started to eat more in the 4 feedings than she did in the 6 or 8 feedings). The techniques really worked right away, if you follow them correctly. I don't think the book is neglectful; the author worked with a medical doctor. Our daughter is on this schedule and is thriving and healthy and doing well. If she wasn't, her weight would be declining, but it's not. I think this book is wonderful; it saved us and I highly recommend it.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Kierstin on July 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I absolutely LOVE this book! I have read many and this is my all time favorite! I bought 5 and will be giving them out as shower gifts this year! It worked wonderful for us and is easy to follow and read...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By First Time Mom on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read many books prior to having my first child, and this book is the best. It is incredibly clear and easy to follow, with simple instructions and examples. My breastfed baby slept through the night at 8 weeks, and has been doing so ever since. (My son was overdue, and has been in the 90th percentile in size since birth, so he was ahead of others in terms of sleeping and eating.)

One GROSS and major omission in this book, which I find a little irresponsible, is it does not address the supply issue for breastfeeding moms. My 5 month old is on 100% breastmilk, and at 9 weeks my supply could no longer keep up with his demand only nursing 4 times a day. I solved this problem by pumping after the baby was asleep at night, and giving him the additional milk via bottle during the day. I nurse first, then give him the bottle. This system has worked perfectly, and I have more than enough milk. However, this needs to be addressed in the book, otherwise breastfeeding is doomed and the writers have done mothers a disservice.

Overall, this book gave us both security and peace, easily creating a daily routine where both our needs are met. I did not subject my baby to long crying jags, (the book does not recommend more that 5 or 10 minutes), and he has continued to grow far ahead of normal, so the 4 daily feedings clearly have not been a health issue. I would give it 5 stars if it better addressed breastfeeding.
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