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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; 1st edition (January 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525949593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525949596
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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143 of 157 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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156 of 186 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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81 of 102 people found the following review helpful By D. Markle on August 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is my first review of any product. I am writing because I feel strongly about this book.

At 3 months we started following the steps in the book. And Ben is now 6 months old and has slept 12 hours every single night for the last 10 weeks. The first couple of weeks were a little tricky, but after that, it has been glorious. He is teething and currently has a cold... and miraculously still sleeping.

Everyone tells us that we are so "lucky" that Ben sleeps so well. Many people have never heard of a baby sleeping for 12 hours. I tell them all that there is most likely some luck to it, but that Ben wasn't born a great sleeper. He was up twice a night just like every other breastfed baby. The difference for him was this beautiful book. I'm sure it won't work for every baby, but it worked for us.

Some other reviews of this book have said that the schedule was too difficult for them, ie not going to dinner, structured nap times, etc. And this is true for the most part. This system relies heavily on day-time routines. You really have to work your schedule around the nap times and feeding times. This can be difficult to do sometimes, but if you would trade some freedom and day-time flexibility for a good night's sleep ... then this book very well may be what you are looking for.

Another complaint people have reported is that their baby couldn't possibly eat only every four hours. This could be the case for them, but I say this... at three months old Ben was eating every 2-3 hours during the day and up 1-2 am and 4-6 am for full meals, but after a couple weeks of weaning and structuring, he was eating four times a day (7 am, 11 am, 3pm, and 7pm). It's a gradual process and has to be lived to be believed... I can not personally guarantee that this will work for you. I can only say that we followed the steps in the book and it worked for us.
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70 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Harris on January 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I heard about this book in a mom's group and I thought it was probably b.s. Being the type of person who does not want to call something b.s. without trying it, I checked it out from my local library and gave it a whirl. I only made it to page 90 before I just couldn't read it any more. My main problem with the book began when I sniffed out Giordano's attitude toward babies - she is one of those people who feel that babies are something to be scheduled and kept on a clock, and your baby is going to try to manipulate you into doing things for it like - *GASP* - feeding it or cuddling it.
My first grimace came when she advised against sleeping in the same room - even though studies have shown improved sleep and lesser risk of SIDS from this habit. And believe me, I'm the biggest believer in keeping the adults' room the adults' room - having a "safe haven" as she calls it. However, when you have a baby, in my opinion, you give up a little bit of your privacy for the good of your family. When he's sleeping more than 6 or 7 hours, he'll move to his own room - just like his brother did just fine.
My second grimace came on page 54, when Giordano says that your mantra in showing your baby how to soothe himself should be, "I cannot fix everything for you, but while you are learning to fix things for yourself, I will go through it with you by your side." Uhhh, she's referring to their eating and sleeping patterns, not tying shoes or being afraid of the dark. Your baby isn't manipulating you into feeding it. IT IS HUNGRY. FEED THE BABY. Her vernacular comes across as more suited for a guard in a prison than for a small baby. But still I kept reading; I sent a text to my husband about how much crap this was and then I kept reading. Hey, I can disregard a little language I don't like, right?
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