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The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night Paperback – April 18, 2002
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"Atlong last, a book I can hand to weary parents with confidence that they canlearn to help their baby sleep - without crying it out."
-William Sears MD, author of The Baby Book
"Elizabeth'sbook speaks to the uniqueness of each family in a loving and knowledgeableway."
-James J. McKenna, Ph.D., Director, Mother BabyBehavioral Sleep Center, University of Notre Dame
"Finally!A book on sleep that isn't cruel for the baby and yet validates Mom's need forsleep. Elizabeth Pantley has put together the perfect plan which any parent cantailor-make for his or her family."
-MaribethDoerr, Creator and editor-in-chief StorkNet
"Abook that deals sensitively with the issue: how to get babies to sleep withoutletting them cry it out."
-Tricia Jalbert & Macall Gordon, Attachment Parenting International
"Whether baby sleeps in a crib or the familybed, The No-Cry Sleep Solution is full of supportive, encouraging and sensibleideas that respect the needs of both the baby and the parents."
-JudyArnall, Founder of the Whole Family Attachment Parenting Association
"Elizabeth Pantley's book offers a marvelousbalance between acknowledging the meaningfulness of infant crying and that ofparents' exhaustion. Parents will find confirmation of their suspicion that thecrying of babies should not be ignored, and affirmation of their own power tohelp."
-MichaelTrout, Director of TheInfant-Parent Institute, Inc.
From the Author
Through months of research, personal experience, and working with 60 test case families, I have assembled and organized a wide variety of gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night. The ideas do not involve letting your baby cry -- not even for a minute. You will create a customized plan for your own family based on the ideas, all within a simple and easy-to-follow framework. It's a method that is as gentle and loving as it is effective.
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My husband found this book and bought it. I'd also seen it but wasn't impressed with reviews. Anyway, I started reading through it and became greatly encouraged by the authors assessments and advice regarding sleep around my baby's age (10 months at the time). I felt validated in my bed sharing philosophy and also felt like it helped to normalize what we were going through. A lot of websites that want you to buy (literally) into sleep training will pathologize your child's sleep when it isn't pathological! Sure enough, after employing some gentle sleep recommendations from this book, and trusting our mama/papa instincts, we saw results. For us, it was key to cut the night nursing as it was getting out of hand (3-4 times a night at 10 months!). I mean, I wanted to be one of these breastfeeding all night and day mamas but I couldn't function at my new job on the sleep I was getting. Anyway if you need some encouragement and some gentle suggestions then this book is for you. After reading I felt like I knew what to do the whole time and I was now able to listen to those instincts more effectively.
In my opinion, Pantley's expectations of your baby "not crying" is unrealistic, and comes off that you are a failure if that happens. Guess what, if you're changing a routine or habit that your child is content with (such as sleep habits), there will be tears. That does not make you a failure! The month ++ I wasted reading and applying the "recommendations" in this book I became a wreck, my mental health took a steep turn and I was close to needing to be checked in somewhere. No exaggeration... I kept hoping, praying, trying everything she suggested to no avail.
After that failed miserably, our ped recommended cry it out, which I wanted to avoid in the first place (hence buying this book!). Out of desperation, even though I had a feeling it wouldn't work with our son's personality, we tried it and that also failed miserably and broke my already guilt laden heart. I thought I was just going to never sleep again...
So what ended up helping? After trudging through the next couple months, when he was around 14months I ended up using a combination of a customized sleep plan from the babysleepsite (babysleepsite.com) and the Dr. Jay Gordon method for nightweaning around (20 months). To give you an example of how persistent my son is, even with 100% consistency: typical night weaning takes 3-5 nights. My son took 14 days (of screaming and protesting) to night wean! And being 20 months when I finally night weaned him, so old enough to understand some language and that I wasn't giving in. Night weaning in combo with help from the babysleepsite drastically improved our sleep, though, unfortunately, we never got to a level A+ in that dept. My son is now 5 and still ends up in our bed, but he does sleep through the night if he's next to us.
I had his sister when he was about 3, and THANKFULLY (though not perfect) she's a better sleeper (quick knock on wood!) What also helped with her was discovering the Wonder Weeks app. Wish we had discovered that with our son. Highly recommend the Wonder weeks app to every parent!
Hope this helps--Wishing you sweet sleep, parents! Been there and sending empathetic hugs!
Second child: This book worked perfectly! It's interesting to me that the technique worked so well. With my first it did not, but I think it all depends on your child. If you have a failure with one method, try another. Don't give up. Sleep is something that you can achieve with the right technique for your family. With the second child he didn't need to constantly be rocked. He sleeps so well, and at 8 months now he sleeps completely through the night from 7:30pm to 7am. It's a miracle.