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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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"At long last, a book I can hand to weary parents with confidence that they can learn to help their baby sleep - without crying it out."
-William Sears MD, author of The Baby Book
"Speaks to the uniqueness of each child in a loving and knowledgeable way."
-James McKenna PhD, Mother-Baby Sleep Center, University of Notre Dame
"A book that deals sensitively with the issue: how to get babies to sleep without letting them cry it out."
-Tricia Jalbert & Macall Gordon, Attachment Parenting International
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Ferber: Advocates crying to sleep with parent soothing on a time schedule. Put your baby in the crib. Come back to pat and say soothing words at 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, etc. Increase the times every night. Hopefully your baby will stop crying and go to sleep. Lots of scientific discussion about sleep.
Weissbluth: Advocates crying to sleep without parent soothing. Open-ended time - no limit. You are "leaving him alone to forget the expectation to be picked up." Has a section on children over 7 years old.
Mindell: Advocates crying to sleep with parent soothing, on a schedule similar to Ferber but with more frequent checks on the baby.
Pantley: Advocates using gentle techniques to avoid crying. Focus on understanding why baby is waking and fixing problems with routines, new associations, and gradual changes in patterns. Supportive of breastfeeding and co-sleeping as well as crib sleeping and bottle feeding.
There is really a couple of key concepts here - how to reduce the length of nighttime feedings, and how to reduce the frequency. We, like most parents, nursed (I say we, I obviously mean my wife) our baby when he woke up crying, and he nursed back to sleep.
Eventually the little bloke kept waking up every 1.5 hours, mainly just to nurse. Plantley's solution for reducing the time it takes to nurse at night worked really well, and we were able to reduce the amount of time it took to nurse him back to sleep considerably.
However, her next key routine didn't work for us at all - how to sooth him, and put him down slightly awake.. You are meant to pick him up, sooth him, and put him down drowsy. If he starts crying, pick him up, and do it all over again. In her book she states "you might need to do this five times, but that is OK, really". Well, 1 hour later, and he still wasn't going back to sleep. I must have done this at least 50 times. As soon as he hit the crib he would startle, and start crying and fussing.
Our baby is now pretty much sleeping through the night though! And I wanted to share what we learnt, and did.
1) feeding solid food (baby food). Our baby is six months, and we started giving him baby food morning and night. I know that every sleep book says that giving solids makes no difference, but I also know that every parent will tell you otherwise. A full baby is a baby that sleeps better.
2) Stopping nursing at night, and finding another way to sooth him. This was key for us.Read more ›
Of course we wanted to follow the no-cry solution. Who wants to put their child (and themselves) through the misery of cry it out? I truly believed that cry it out was the wrong thing to do and was positive this plan would work. My husband and I committed to the program and agreed we'd follow it "as long as it takes."
It took all of our energy to read the book cover-to-cover, put together a sleep log and then lay out our sleep plan. The author instructs you to have "patience" and to celebrate even the smallest improvements. What she doesn't really acknowledge is that, when serious sleep deprivation has you at each others' throats, weeping hysterically at the drop of a hat and feeling resentful towards your poor innocent baby, "patience" is something nearly impossible to come by.
After 4 weeks of working with our sleep plan - following the guidelines 'round-the-clock - our son was still waking up 6-8 times a night and napping poorly during the day. This was an improvement over waking a dozen times a night, but still he had huge dark circles under his eyes, startled easily, cried at nothing. He was miserable. We all were.
Despite the 300 other reviews here that say basically "if you really love your baby, you won't let him cry it out" ... I LOVE MY BABY. And we finally decided to let him cry it out. And now?Read more ›
I didn't know about Elizabeth Pantley.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some good suggestions but lacks specifics and can easily let you get into some bad sleep habits that you will regret later. Go for THe Baby Whisperer instead. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nora Carol
My husband and I both loved reading this book. We hate even the thought about leaving our baby to "cry it out" it is such a bazar that is going around... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kristina Hunter
This author have given a great gift to moms and parents everywhere! I was so distraught by the many comments from family members that told me I needed to just put my son down and... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Meagan
I didn’t know that Id have to teach our baby to go to sleep (self settle) until it was too late! After the recommended demand feed/sleep 3 months, the next two months wizzed by and... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was a bit confused as to why a mom of 4 kids had a 12 month old that was not only waking up every 1.5hrs but she would nurse him each and every single time. Read morePublished 12 days ago by AnnaTee
Nothing in here I didn't already read online. She talks WAY too much about her own personal lifePublished 15 days ago by Sara D.
I bought this book when my son was 3 months old. At the time, I was having to nurse or rock him to sleep each night. Then with each night waking, nurse or rock him to sleep again. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Rebecca
Not really all that helpful. She acts like there is revolutionary material in here but there is nothing that I haven't read elsewhere along with a "If it's not working, go... Read morePublished 17 days ago by J. Thompson
I skipped the intro and sleep science stuff since I've already read plenty about it. Book does not have one specific plan but rather has some good ideas for different... Read morePublished 24 days ago by KJN