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The Baby Sleep Solution: A Proven Program to Teach Your Baby to Sleep Twelve Hours a Night Paperback – December 5, 2006
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“Suzy Giordano [is] an underground legend . . . for her ability to teach newborn babies how to achieve that parenting nirvana: sleeping through the night.”
—The Washington Post
“[Suzy] Giordano is a godsend. [She] has been good for the whole family.”
“The best parenting book I’ve read. Reading this book was the best hour’s investment I made in my parenting.”
About the Author
Suzy Giordano is the mother of five children. Affectionately known as “the Baby Coach,” she's worked with Washington, DC–area families as an infant sleep specialist for ten years and shared her expertise in The Baby Sleep Solution: A Proven Program to Teach Your Baby to Sleep Twelve Hours a Night. Visit her website at babycoach.net.
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The Pros of this book:
1. It asks parents to put their relationship with their spouse/sanity/own need first. Then the babies. This is how a healthy child should be raised. Suzan stresses this point, and yes, it might offend parents that center their whole life around their child... so be forewarned.
2. It really is a short read, and is to the point. A sleep deprived mom who can't even remember where her left shoe is will be able to read this in one sitting
3. It outlines a schedule. It also teaches the parent how to get the baby on this or any other schedule that the parent decides to follow.
4. It works! I however feed my baby every 2-3 hours during the day, from 7 am to 7 pm only. The author should have mentioned this adjustment-if needed- and she does not.
Why schedule feeding and this book worked for me: My baby was in the 99th percentile for size when he was born and he was so hungry that i was feeding him every hour ( from start to start of the next feeding) ,and each feeding lasted 45 min, meaning that I had 15 minutes off every hour 24 hours a day. I am not kidding. I followed the new age" no schedule, feed any time he wants commonly preached currently practiced by the medical community method of feeding. I then almost drove off the highway with my baby from sleep deprivation. When he was four months old, I finally found this book. After two weeks of feeling like a monster mom, coming into the room every three minutes of him crying, he finally slept through the night. I mean the whole night. 12 hours. The next night he did the same, barely cried for 3 minutes, and fell asleep. He slept 12 hours- again. Now one year later, he still sleeps 12 hours a night .
For super lactators out there ( you are one if using only a hand pump you get more than 6 oz out of ONE breast first thing in the morning). This schedule could potentially work, although feeding a baby only every four hours 4 times a day might not be enough for a very hungry baby. For mine ( because I tried this schedule) it did not work. He got grumpy and mean. But for my friend whose baby puked breast milk up constantly, this schedule actually made the baby stop puking the food up, and gave the baby less gas, cramps, as well as colic. He became a happy baby. My friend by the ways is a super lactator. This is why I only gave this book 4 stars - feeding a baby only every four hours will not work for all babies.
Also, beware if you are a mom like me who is not a super lactator. Your milk will slow down the second you stop waking up at night and stumbling like a zombie to feed the baby. This is because of hormones - something to do with feeding in the middle of your OWN sleep pattern causes a greater amount of milk to be produced. Also, feeding every two hours super charges the breast milk production of moms like me- who are not super lactators.
By the way, I rented a sensitive scale to weigh the baby before and after feedings to see if her theory actually works... and it does- to some degree. If you feed the baby every four hours and the baby is hungry, your milk production adjusts...but by not as much as she mentions in her book. I was able to raise mine from 3 or 2 oz to 5 oz. But I was never able to produce 6 oz during the half hour feedings. My friend however, raised hers from 10 to 12 oz.
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