Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents Illustrated Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0997580801
- ISBN-13 : 978-0997580808
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Lomhara Press; Illustrated Edition (July 9, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I do wish that the book was a little easier to navigate. I found myself wishing that I had some sort of guide or map to help me jump to different sections. Something that would be based on specific topics of interest, baby's age, or parents' "readiness". But that's my only critique. This book and its associated resources were just what I needed to get the results I wanted. Yay!
Otherwise, this book is fantastic.
Ferber, Pick Up Put Down, Cry It Out, Fuss It Out, SWAP, SLIP, Gentle Sleep Training, Full Extinction: This book covers it all. Don't be turned off by some of the low reviews on here, I can tell quickly that they stopped reading at any sort of mention of a baby crying. I was like that too, at first....until 9 months later I still had a baby waking up constantly.
This book sort of has 3 sections: the first is for very young babies, 0-3 months old (summary: do whatever makes them happy). The second is "gentler" sleep training methods, you know the ones like Ferber or Pick Up Put Down. This is encouraged for the younger babies starting at 4 months old so you can start introducing healthy sleep habits. But I was way past that. And, I had already tried that. And honestly it wasn't very "gentle" to me. He was still crying! A lot! The next section is for older babies, or babies who were not sleeping despite the "gentler" techniques. This is where you'll find Fuss It Out and Cry It Out/Extinction.
Before I read this book, I wasted 9 months doing a simplified version of Ferber. I thought I was being loving and kind. I thought my baby was being stubborn. In all those months, I had read everything you could find on getting your baby to sleep. This book's blog popped up quite often and I found it very informative, but still I hesitated. I had already spent the last 9 months doing a version of Ferber. There was no way anything else was going to work. I know my baby. He's just going to get super angry and scream his head off for hours. I did not want to hear my baby cry. I did not want to be a mean mom.
BUT, the sad fact was, he was already crying. A lot. Every night, for 10 mins at a time, several times a night, for 9 months. Ask yourself: would you rather stretch out a lesson that makes you upset over 9 months, or figure it out in less than 2 weeks? I don't care what the anti-CIO advocates say. ALL methods of sleep training involve crying. I have yet to meet a single person who said their baby did not cry at all no matter how they sleep trained (or, the kid is still in bed with them at 3 years old or they're still feeding in the middle of the night. I did not want to do this).
Turns out, our version of Ferber was teaching him the wrong lesson. We were reinforcing a bad habit. We always rocked him to sleep before putting him down. He never fell asleep without motion. If he woke up, he needed that motion to fall back asleep, but we weren't giving it to him, so he cried. If he was still crying after ten minutes, we would show up. Patting his back made things worse because he just wanted to be rocked, and we weren't doing it! So he would keep crying until we did. Of course he never re-settled, because we never taught him that he can fall asleep on his own. Let me be clear about one thing: this book is NOT about sticking your baby in the crib, shutting the door, and ignoring them til morning. This book provides PLENTY of options, suggestions, and tips. It does encourage extinction if all else fails, but it's practical. Not heartless. You can still check on your baby. There is sooo much in this book to help you the way you want to do it. It really does summarize all the varying advice out there for you. Which I really appreciate because not all babies are the same. I feel like the books out there that encourage ONE way to do things, and it's the ONLY, CORRECT way is setting you up for lots of disappointment and failure. It's unrealistic.
So how did my "stubborn" baby do? Well, he fell asleep that first night of sleep training in 10 mins. I actually asked in the book's Facebook group if I should check him for a head injury--I thought he fell asleep TOO fast! And he slept through the night. He cried for a total of 40 mins that first week and has been sleeping 12 hours straight for the last 3 months. Compare that to 9 months of crying roughly 40 mins every night, with lots of broken sleep of maybe 8 hrs total. I'll let you decide which is worse.
Top reviews from other countries
This book is useful for the chart it has that shows how much babies should be sleeping and napping at different ages... a graphic you can easily find through a Google search.
Beyond that, it wasn't very useful to me personally.
It is mainly a useful manual for cry it out sleep training, even though it claims to go through all possible sleep training scenarios.
I read it and tried everything in it. Ummm still waiting for it to "work".
The gentle sleep training methods she describes are so gentle and incremental most parents who don't want to do extinction training are using these methods already anyway. They basically consist of doing less and less of whatever you're currently doing to get baby to go to sleep over many days, weeks, or months. Yes. Months. Some babies will take months to "train" (or rather, to developmentally grow out of frequent night wakings).
The author also explains honestly that even trained babies will hit lots of unexplainable sleep snags because they're babies, so even your once independent sleeper may stop sleeping thru. That's possibly the most helpful information in this book. Spoiler alert: basically: babies dont sleep like adults. Don't expect them to.
I had purchased this book with the (completely unrealistic) hope it would tell me some secret that wasn't spelled out anywhere else and that everyone was conspiring to keep from me about how I could get my baby to sleep thru the night.... I hoped it would be the silver bullet to solving my baby's "sleep issues"... turns out the only way to truly make a baby sleep like an adult is to wait for a baby to grow into an adult haha.
So, moms and dads, if you want a step by step on cry it out extinction training? This book has it. Otherwise, batton down the hatches, and do what parents have done for generations: bring the baby into bed with you and drink coffee and cope til they learn to sleep on their own (and they all do, eventually. Promise).
Our daughter would need resettling every 20-30 minutes in the evening for the first 3 hours of her sleep. We used the awfully named 'pull-out' technique and started to see results straight away. 3 days later we could put her down awake (and not crying) and she wouldn't need us again until the first feed 5 hours later.
There are lots of techniques in this book so you can choose the one that suits your baby and your situation the best.
I was struggling to find a sleep training technique that didn't involve leaving her to cry but the 'pull-out' technique from this book was exactly that. It worked much better and more quickly than I was hoping.
For the first 7 weeks of her life, my baby girl was nursed and held to sleep including naps. We enjoyed it thoroughly in the beginning of course, then came Christmas holiday when it got to the peak point. Her sleep was all over the place, she’d wake up the minute being put down to her bed, and scream and scream after that when we tried to soothe her back to sleep on our chest. Countless nights of nervously tiptoeing around her cot made me exhausted.
Post holiday I knew I had to change. There are so many books about baby sleep and it’s so hard to pick. Thanks to those previous reviews here for this book, and the free Kindle preview, I’d given it a go and it has been a lifesaver!
What I like the most about this book is a clear understanding of baby sleep, why baby behaves certain ways when it comes to sleep and therefore I can adapt the methods that suits with my baby best. I also feel encouraged to help my baby sleep independently from 8 weeks, instead of feeling guilty I’m not holding her enough.
We saw change almost immediately from Day 1. Instead of nursing or holding her, I’d put her to bed when she was still awake but sleepy. With white noise and a consistent bedtime routine, she started to cry/complain less at bedtime and sleep much better and earlier. After the first successful week, I moved on to do the same with nap time and now she does 3 long naps and 1 short power nap independently each day. She also happily goes to bed between 8-9pm now.
I really can’t recommend this book enough, and thanks the author enough. All the advice is extremely helpful with lots of different scenarios so you can pick up what works best for you and your baby. We’ve recently done a short trip to our parents and were worried she’d not sleep that well but she did great. We brought white noise and did everything the same as at home. She’s so much happier now too that she sleeps and rests well.
I read it when he was 4 months and my husband and I committed to his sleep training and it completely changed things.
By 6 months he had already mastered falling asleep on his own and now that he’s almost 1 he’s still doing amazing.
It provides excellent advice even on what to do when they hit their sleep regressions so you don’t go back to square one.
I recommend it to anyone having a baby for the first time or anyone struggling with their sleep.