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The No-Cry Nap Solution: Guaranteed Gentle Ways to Solve All Your Naptime Problems (Pantley) Paperback – December 2, 2008
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~ Tim Seldin
President, the Montessori Foundation; Chair, The International Montessori Council,
and author of How To Raise An Amazing Child
From the Author
Naps take only a few hours of time, but naps - or lack of naps - shape all twenty-four hours of your child's day. Naps influence his mood, behavior, health, and even brain development. An appropriate nap schedule is a vital component for your child's healthy, happy life. When you consider all of this, you'll also understand that your child's naps - or lack of naps - can affect all 24 hours of your day, as well as your child's.
This book will provide you with information about napping and an assortment of solutions that you can pick from to solve all your child's napping problems.
Top Customer Reviews
But let's get real: While our intentions may be great, real life doesn't always allow for step-by-step approaches to getting our kids the daytime rest they need (and the sorely needed breaks we get while they nap!). Crabby kids, relatives popping in unannounced right before nap time, teething, upset bellies, that doctor appointment you can't miss, that 15 minute car nap that ruined little Johnny's afternoon siesta that led to an even more difficult bed time fight because he was so overtired...we've all been there, done that, and were all ready to pull out hair out by the end of the day.
There's a lot of great information in this book for parents of newborns through toddlerhood, and I made plenty of notes while I read. And there was also plenty of information that did not apply to our situation, some of which I skipped entirely and some of which I just skimmed (because I do plan on having another baby eventually!). But that is what is so great about Pantley's book: it's not a one-size-fit-all solution. Whether you co-sleep, nurse-to-sleep, stick to a by-the-clock schedule, or fly by the seat of your pants (like I do), you and your nap-fighting child will benefit greatly from the little bit of time it will take to sit down and read!
A few very important lessons I learned while reading Pantley's book included:
* My daughter needs 12 hours of sleep a night and 1 to 2 hours of nap time per day for 13 to 14 hours of sleep total. Oops! I had been cutting her short by about 2 hours.Read more ›
The No-Cry Nap Solution covers all the usual infant and toddler sleep pattern information and then moves on to tackling some thorny napping problems - catnaps, nap resistance, shifting schedules, changing from in-arms sleep to in-bed sleep, changing car naps to bed naps, making the transition from motion sleep to stationary sleep, and falling asleep without the nipple/bottle/dummy. The book has really hit the mark with its smorgasbord of nap problems and I'd be surprised if you're experiencing a nap problem that isn't covered here. Apart from raising four kids herself, all that research Pantley has done with parents around the world has paid off!
I read this book free of the fog of sleep deprivation, and there was a point I reached where I found myself thinking lighten up mothers, let it go, it all eventually turns out ok, you don't need to be so damn obsessive about your baby's sleep. And you know what, this thought could only ever be entertained by someone who is getting enough sleep in her life and you know what else?Read more ›
"Address only those problems that are true problems to you, and don't create or imagine problems because someone else thinks you have them, no matter if that person is family, friend, or expert."
It's a wonderful reminder that problems are only problems if you think they are and then it's up to you to decide what to do about them. Wow. What a relief! You don't often hear that...as a parent. Usually everyone is trying to tell you what's wrong with how you do things.
My big concern was that my baby was nursing and then falling asleep for her naps. I thought this was a HUGE problem I had to fix. The thing was that I didn't feel like it was a problem; I just kept hearing that from various "expert" sources. Then, in the chapter on nursing to nap, Elizabeth says this:
"If your baby falls asleep nursing, drinking a bottle, or sucking a pacifier and then you are able to put him into bed where he takes a nice, long nap, then nothing needs to change." (page 154)
Another big sigh for me, as my baby was doing naps from 1 hour to over 2 hours in her crib or in our bed. Sure, sometimes the naps were shorter, but that was the exception and not the norm. And there was usually a good reason (such as a noise or the fact that she had had a longer nap earlier in the day and wasn't as tired).
After a lot of great general information on sleeping, napping, etc. in the first part of the book, there are then sections for newborns and older babies, as well as the types of challenges you are facing. You will not need to read the whole book to find solutions; you only need to read what's pertinent to you and your baby.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of helpful strategies for the parent who wants gentle napping solutions for baby. Definitely worth the read.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Book has a lot of great points and examples for what to do if you don't want your baby to cry. I think it is good for everyone, every child is different but this book has a lot of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristina Hunter
I bought this book when my son was 3 months old. At the time he didn't nap during the day at all, unless he was in the sling, car or pushchair. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebecca
I greatly appreciate this book! It's a no-fuss book with common sense attributes. Having children of differing ages, this book has helped me let go of the power struggle with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel M. Harker
This book helped us not only with our baby's naps, but with nighttime sleep too. Once we followed Elizabeth's advice from this book and helped our toddler learn that he could... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathryn Hamrick
There are some critical reviews already here that cover all the essential problems that this book has. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book has been a lifesaver for us. It's perfect for every age. I've recommended it to at least 10 other moms. Thank you!!!Published 3 months ago by Lauren
Filled with lots of different ideas for lots of different situations.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this with high hopes despite some critical reviews that made me think it may not be the book for me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by meagdur