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Good Nights: The Happy Parents' Guide to the Family Bed (and a Peaceful Night's Sleep!) Paperback – July 24, 2002
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About the Author
Jay Gordon, M.D., is a pediatrician, and a teaching and attending faculty member at UCLA Medical School. He is a frequent expert guest on network television, and writes medical columns for national parenting magazines and web sites. He has acted as CBS TV's Medical Consultant for Children's Programming, and also worked for five years on ABC Television as the on-air medical correspondent for the "Home Show." He continues to consult regularly for television and movies, and is the author of three other books about children. His medical practice is based in Santa Monica, California, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
Maria Goodavage is a former USA Today staff writer and the author of three popular books. Her interest in sleep research started at Northwestern University, where she worked at the school's sleep laboratory and studied the science of sleep. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, daughter, and dog. The latter two no longer share the family bed.
Top Customer Reviews
She read some of it while I was visiting and she laughed and underlined and gave me such a hard hug I thought I'd pop. She brought it to her future moms group and showed them the first chapter full of scientific evidence that shows the powerful positive effects of letting your baby sleep next to you. The teacher said she was going to have to get a copy. She said the chapter on safety was "worth the price of admission." Now that's saying something, considering how she is one of those Ferber people. The book isn't preachy, as someone else who wrote a review mentioned, and that and it's sense of humor will probably help it break through alot of barriers with people like my daughter's teacher.
If you're wondering, my children left our bed fairly easily when it was time for another baby to move in.Read more ›
Some folks have raised a concern over the chapter on helping an older baby/child sleep through the night. This book did include Dr. Jay's "10 nights" plan to get a baby/child over 12 months of age to sleep through the night [for 7 hours]. It is *extremely* well done and the authors make it very clear that they would prefer you just leave the child to his/her own time table and relax about the whole thing. They state clearly that they are only offering this as an alternative for families that are seriously considering 'cry it out' out of desperation and they give a great explanation of why this method is FAR preferable to the Cry It Out stuff.
The plan is VERY gentle - the baby/child is never left alone, parents maintain physical and voice contact with baby [first by nursing, after 3 nights cut out nursing but use holding/cuddling, on 7th night don't pick up but touch and rub back while talking soothingly to child, etc]. I think this plan is very in keeping with what is reasonable for a child over 12 months - and very gentle and Attachment Parenting oriented.Read more ›
I read the book, and as they say, I laughed and I cried. I felt very affirmed for having slept beside our guys for so long, and I felt relieved; finally there was a book with tons and tons of practical information on how to deal with the not so perfect aspects of co-sleeping. (Love the title of the chapter on solutions to common family bed sleep problems -- "The Sandman Cometh.")
The chapter on helping a child wean from the family bed was a tremendous help to us. It gave us so many ideas for moving Ty to his own space that we were able to transition him to his own ROOM by using a few of the tips. Room, yes room! We got him bunk beds (Dr. Gordon and his co-author say it's the number one successful method family bedders have used!) for his previously unused bedroom. He was very excited and slept in there from the first night! After a week or so he got a little scared after watching a Scooby Doo movie, and wanted to return to our room for one night. By then we'd set up a bed beside ours, and we welcomed him back for what we hoped was only one night. Dr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book for the advice on how to night wean and stop co-sleeping. I had heard and can attest to the gentle approach and coaching advised. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Heather H
Simple advice to simpler nights with babies on board, Sharing a bed with your child or children makes so much sense, now.Published 21 months ago by J. Leon
I enjoyed reading this book though it is a bit harshly critical of the "cry it out" method (of which I am not a proponent, but don't need to be that extremely critical of). Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anonymous
I LOVED this book. My husband and I share our bed with our nine month old daughter (since she was just shy of three months). Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Rachel
A great book! Very positive and funny! Validated everything I was doing/thinking about the family bed and co sleeping! Great advice.Published on May 28, 2014 by Sjp
It is so great to read about the topic i feel reassured and guided now about a practice we've already had for 16 months.... I don't feel shame anymore but feel proud of cosleeping. Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by Ignacio
I especially liked the section of stories from former cosleepers. It was fun to hear their memories and wonder what my babes will grow up and say. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by T. Koehn