17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This is a great sleep training book!!!,
This review is from: Good Night Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady's Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep, Stay Asleep, and Wake Up Happy (Paperback)
I highly recommend this book to any parent who is either having trouble with their baby/toddler/preschoolers sleep habits or just wants to make sure their infant does not develop bad sleeping habits.
I was first introduced to Kim West through an article that appeared in a parenting magazine about her methods of sleep training. We used the article to "undo" some bad habits that our 17 month old had gotten into. He woke many, many times a night and was usually not happy to sleep unless he was being held. Co-sleeping did not help. By using this method, he was falling asleep on his own and sleeping through the night within 2 weeks. There were only tears the first night. After that, it was all about settling down on his own and getting to sleep.
When baby #2 came along, she seemed to be a better sleeper. Then teething started and that desire to be held at night kicked in again. She would sometimes co-sleep, but it wasn't working well enough for us to all be well rested. By this time I heard that Kim West wrote a book and decided to buy it. We started the method when our daughter was 8 months old and it has worked wonders. Although she still wakes up for feedings in the night (she is very small and needs those meals!) she is sleeping much better, falling asleep on her own and not needing to be rocked or bounced to sleep.
For those of you not familiar with the method, I would describe it as follows: it is a cross between Ferber's "crying it out" and Elizabeth Pantley's "no cry sleep solution. For us, crying it out was not an option. Abandoning our kids while they cried in agony was not going to happen. Pantley's method, on the other hand, seemed exhausting as you have to work very hard to make sure your child does not cry at all. Very hard to do when you are already exhausted and sleep deprived. Kim West has found a happy medium in what she calls the "sleep shuffle". Basically, the baby/child is allowed to cry, but in your presence. You are right there next to them reassuring with verbal and physical means. You know your baby/child is in no harm and they know you are there for comfort. Day by day you slowly work your way further away from the crib/bed until you are out the door. West also provides practical information on how much sleep a child should get and how to overcome many different obstacles. Her method is described for each age group between birth and 5 years old. This is a great book and a very effective method! Our house owes Kim West thanks for getting us our sleep back!