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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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The No-Cry Sleep Solution
A breakthrough approach that offers hope to exhausted parents looking for gentle ways to help their baby sleep without the heart-wrenching tears. Until now the only two ways to deal with sleepless nights were to let your baby cry herself to sleep or to be
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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.
My baby had food protein intolerance and she would wake in pain screaming for months. After a torturous elimination diet she went on hypoallergenic formula which helped her, but after months of moving from the Rock and play to bed sharing with tummy discomfort it was just easier to continue that way.
Finally moved her from the rock and play to a bassinet around 5 months but she was still spending the majority of the night in my arms until she started army crawling and sitting up. At that point I knew I had to get her in the crib.
At about 9 months she's already learned behaviors, a sleep regression is about to start. I knew I was in for it.
I did a lot of research and knew CIO wasn't for us. Just to appease some people I actually tried it. Twice by the 15th minute of CIO her crying was so intense she threw up. Nope. no. Nothing about that makes me feel ok.
So I tried the Sleep Lady Shuffle. That is ridiculous. It's basically modified CIO. It isn't gentle. You sit in the room while they cry and look right at you and wonder why you're not helping them. I was like, dam, if we're going to do CIO at least let me not be in this room watching her desperate face. I kept thinking I was doing it wrong. I'd try to calm her or put down and she'd feel the crib and start balling. That sleep lady turned the crib and bedtime into a scary monster.
This book NO Cry Sleep Solution saved my sanity. I moved the air mattress into her room for 3 weeks. I started out following the bedtime routine and phases. I started laying down holding her which gradually changed to sitting holding, putting her down faster so she's aware of where she is keeping my hands on her in the crib. When she's first wake up I'd get her and lay down with her sometimes I fell asleep in there. Eventually it changed to where I could sit and comfort her and put her back down.
Every idea and method in this book made sense to me. It actually is kind and gentle. There is no crying involved. She slept, I slept. She sleeps through the night now in her own crib while I'm in the other room and it only took us 6 weeks to figure out. She's excited during her bedtime routine and by the end she's putting her head down.