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Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old: A Step-by-Step Plan for Baby Sleep Success Hardcover


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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 (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,618 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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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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109 of 117 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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127 of 146 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Woody on October 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book has changed our lives. However, I realize it may not be for everyone. Therefore, I'm going to break down the essence of the book and the pros and cons.

AUTHOR'S MAIN POINT:

Feed the baby all of its calories during a 12-hour period during the day, and no more frequently than every 4 hours. After you have that down, wean the baby off of night feedings (if applicable). After that, let the baby sleep approximately one hour for a mid-morning nap, and two hours for a mid-afternoon nap. No naps between the third and fourth (final) feeding of the day. Once you have this set, the baby should be sleeping for approximately 10-12 hours per night, uninterrupted.

PROS:

1) It has worked for us like a charm. After just the third day of feeding our child every four hours during the day and only feeding during the day, he slept for 12 hours. This pattern continued! It has been pretty amazing for us. We didn't even have to do the other steps to get him to sleep 12 hours, though these other steps fell into place eventually.

2) Predictable schedule. We didn't start this until 3 months, and before that, we were feeding our child on demand. It was really nice to know when meal times were going to be (we picked 8 am, 12 pm, 4 pm, and 8 pm).

3) Happier baby. At least in our case, our baby is happier having a routine.

4) No nighttime wakings. Did I mention that already?!

5) This worked even for our very clingy baby, and it did not involve any crying-it-out, at least for us. I was shocked that he took so well to it.

CONS AND CAVEATS:

1) Our child is prone to get just a little bit cranky just before the last feeding of the day.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By AAK DC on December 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My day care provided me this book when my baby at 5 months old was still waking to breastfeed twice at night (hey, I thought that was actually pretty good as she'd go to sleep at 7, eat at 1 and 5 am and wake at 7) I read through this initially with an open mind but anyone who has experience in breastfeeding would know that this book provides terrible advice, esp. for a breastfeeding mother. It alarms me that this book is popular.

Breast milk is digested more quickly than formula and for this reason, breastfed babies eat more often, and they are often much older when they sleep through the night. Furthermore, the books talks about minutes of breastfeeding and decreasing the min. of breastfeeding at night until your baby doesn't want it anymore. First off, minutes in breastfeeding do not correlate to a specific amount of milk - the author clearly has no idea about this! If you are having a let down, the baby could get 2 ounces in a minute or nothing if let down hasn't started. Further, by 6 months, my baby was super-efficient and could easily empty a breast in under 3 minutes. Third, if you stop a baby mid-way through a feeding they will not get the proper balance of milk (fore and hind milk). If you do not fully empty your breast, less milk will be made by your body and your supply will be impacted (not to mention you supply will be impacted by waiting to feed every 4 hours). She addresses NONE of these issues in her book which indicates, she has not researched how her routine could affect the breastfed baby and mother.

I understand that many mothers are tired. Yes, it is terrible, but if you think about it, your children are infants for such a short period of time in your life and one day, you will sleep again.
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