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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep, 3rd Edition Hardcover – October 4, 2005
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One of the country's leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving--and preventing--your children's sleep problems
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Note to those who are buying this after baby is already having sleep problems: this book will NOT make you feel bad. Many many many other sleep books that you read after you already have problems will make you feel like you ruined your child's sleep by not catching some magical moment when they were 5 weeks old or make you feel like you are doomed if you didn't start from day one. This one will not. It helps fix, train, work through issues. It is hard work, but seriously worth it. Ask other moms, you will find one nearby who has read it and attests.
After learning her cue THAT FIRST DAY, I put her right in her dark room (black out curtains) with a white noise machine ($9.99 travel one from buy buy baby) and she sleeps for 1 1/2 hours. She STIRS at 45 minutes EXACTLY every single nap, but if I leave her alone, she will go back to sleep for another 45 minutes, and then wakes up at EXACTLY 1 1/2 hours from when she fell asleep. It will be only ONE WEEK TOMORROW that I have been doing this, PLUS we went away on vacation two days ago, and we are still following the plan, and she is DOING IT. She went to sleep at 8:30 last night, slept until 7am, took a bottle, had a diaper change, played for a short time, then fell asleep at exactly 8am and slept again until 9:30. This book has not only changed my life as a first time mom, but I also teach 1st grade, and it has changed the way I look at ALL KIDS... SOOOOOO many issues I see in school every day I now know are most likely caused by these children having either too little sleep, too erratic sleep, or fragmented sleep. The only complaint I have is that there is not a FAQ section in the book. I think it would be a HIGHLY valued section. The random questions throughout the book would be better served in a FAQ section that can be quickly referenced and re-referenced, and more questions/answers should be added.
I also wish that Dr. Weissbluth had a website or email address that you could ask questions, because even though my baby is now sleeping on naps and "through the night" again, I have no idea why she is only awake for 1 hour at a time during the day. The standard suggestions of amount of naps and wake times don't apply to her, and I want to know when/if that will change. She is 4 months old, and her "morning nap" after a wake-up time of 7am comes at exactly 8am (she cues me at 7:45 and she's sound asleep by 8), which is NOWHERE NEAR the suggested 9am nap. Then, throughout the rest of the day, she can ONLY stay up for 1hr - 1 hour and 15 min. 1 1/2 is REALLY pushing my luck, and it has NEVER been 2. She takes FOUR naps per day, with a 7:30 (before the time change yesterday, so I don't know how that will screw things up) bed time, and a couple of times, she has needed FIVE naps. Shouldn't she be able to stay up longer than 1 hour at 4 months? That's pretty much my only concern.
I will state a few positives though. He really stresses the importantance of fathers being there and helpful, not just letting it all be the mom's responsibility. If you enjoy reading studies (and sometimes I do) some of these are interesting but I would take them all with a grain of salt. Last positive, he does make sleep and naps seem possible lol.
Anywho I just couldn't finish it. I started it excited and ended stressed out. I figured I'd just take this knowledge and add it to all the other info I read to form my own conclusion and process, without letting my 3 Month old cry for hours.