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American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child's Sleep: Birth Through Adolescence Paperback – November 30, 1999
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From Library Journal
Everything you want to know about night terrors, midnight ramblers, larks and owls, and snoring in children can be found between the pages of this handy guide from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Representing a consensus of its 55,000 members, it offers reassurance to parents of newborns and young children with explanations of normal sleep patterns and common problems such as night waking and monsters under the bed. The guide emphasizes the importance of bedtime rituals and good sleep hygiene, physical problems that may affect sleep quality, and differences in temperament and developmental stages. Controversies such as the family bed vs. cribs for newborns and whetherAor for how longAto allow a baby to cry at bedtime are also addressed. Though this is written largely for parents of infants and young children, it does touch upon the sleep problems of school-age children and adolescents: if you have to pry your teen out of bed with a crowbar in the morning, this book will tell you why and what can be done about it. A list of sleep centers is appended. Recommended for public libraries and parenting/consumer health collections.AAnne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The foremost medical authority on children's health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, has collected in these pages the best advice on getting newborns, toddlers, and school-age children to sleep. Packed with practical tips, this guide offers invaluable information, answers questions from parents, and provides reassuring ad-vice for preventing SIDS, getting your baby to sleep through the night, and solving sleep-wake problems. Above all, the Academy weighs in on the controversies over the most popular child-sleep advice--by evaluating the pros and cons of these conflicting theories--enabling parents to make the best decisions for their families.
Here, in a compact and accessible package, is information to ensure that even the most bleary-eyed parents and their children get a good night's sleep.
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-It discusses infants, toddlers, kids, teens as if they were lab experiments and all the same
-It does not present research findings from both pints of view regarding co-sleeping, nursing, psychological theories, etc.
-It considers letting your infant cry 5-10 minutes okay and almost nurturing, otherwise your child will 'manipulate you' through developing bad habits
-Many of the 'sleep expert recommendations' are one-sided (only one presented per situation), and non common sense.
I would most definitely not recommend this book.
Also, the book states that there is a higher rate of SIDS among infants who cosleep. This is completely unsupported. In fact, research demonstrates that when infants sleep "in proximity" to their mother's, they are at a *decreased* risk of SIDs. Nor has any study demonstrated any significant risk of suffocation to an infant who cosleeps with a breastfeeding mother, who is not influenced by drugs or alchohol, who is not a smoker, and who makes sensible modifications to her bedding.
Finally, the book makes very little reference to the psychological and attachment needs of young children, failing to detail the *emotional needs* of children and infants as they detail the "pros and cons" of various approaches to nighttime parenting.
The nighttime needs of children and infants are complex, unique, and multidimensional. This book is not.
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