While perusing sleep books in the infant care section of my local Borders, holding a child who hadn't stopped crying for days. Nay! WEEKS! and stifling a yawn every twelve seconds, I realized that I didn't have the time nor inclination for a 500 page book on infant sleep. I quickly grabbed the shortest book I could find, checked that the author offered a level of credibility, and made my purchase. Boy was that the best decision I've ever made! My 6 month old went from waking 2-3 times nightly to nurse and cuddle to sleeping through the night with surprisingly very little crying within 48 hours. I was and am amazed at how much my daughter needed sleep, and just how sleep deprived she was prior to finding Sleep Tight. My child, who I had always just been told was demanding (family friend) or feisty, (our pediatrician). She suddenly wanted to be on the floor with toys for several minutes at a time instead of crying to be held. It was amazing what adequate sleep did for our little girl's disposition. Sleep Tight is a quick read with really helpful, quick tips. The book is laid out in an organized way, and the format is conducive to quickly referencing schedules and advice once one is implementing the plan. There are recommendations for bedtime routines, feeding schedules, and even lullabies for sleepy babies. Ms. Martyn was extremely helpful and quick to respond to our email when we had a little hiccup with the nap schedule. If you are absolutely against letting your child cry for a night or two, this probably isn't for you. However, Ms. Martyn offers some very nice examples of child rearing, boundary setting, and even discipline for older children and draws parallels to sleep and self-soothing as a skill necessary for children's success and maturation. I would recommend this book to any sleepy mom or dad who is ready to transition their child into a good night's sleep. --Amy Rogge
I have been cosleeping with my now 8 month old son up until last night. I have never been able to get him to sleep on his own for more than 20 minutes, after reading this book and following the sample schedule I am proud to say he had two naps and slept the night in his crib!! He did wake three times but was able to self sooth after a few minutes. I will be giving this book to my friends as a gift for sure. Great work!! --jk2011
I am a first time mom and didn't know what to do for my six month old who was still not sleeping through the night. After I searched and searched on the internet and asked many friends, who had children of their own, what I should do, I read one of my friends blogs on books she recommended and it listed the Sleep Tight; book by Suzy Martyn. I was so excited I found something that looked promising. (How can it not look good to a mom that hasn't slept through the night for months when it says Help your child attain a good night's sleep in three day; So I bought a book on Amazon and couldn't wait to get it and start reading! Well after I received the book, the first night (as the book says) was one of the longest nights of my mommy-hood, but the second night my daughter slept 12 hours! I couldn't believe it and it wasn't just her sleeping 12 hours, also when I laid her down she didn't even cry! She just rolled over and went to sleep on her own. She sleeps two two hour naps a day and 12-13 hours at night! I emailed the author just recently asking her about how to get back to where my daughter (who is now 15 months) would just lay down without crying because I took her pacifier away and for a week she has cried herself to sleep or I have had to sing her to sleep and within 30 minutes the author responded to me personally! So I did what she said and my daughter went to sleep without crying!!! I have and will continue to recommend and buy this book for any of my friends that have new babies or are having problems with their children sleeping! Don't hesitate to buy this book IT WORKS!!!! --Beckybirkey
About the Author
For more than 30 years, Suzy Martyn has been caring for children first in the classroom and in her home childcare, and more recently through her parenting consultation service. As the mother of three daughters (now 10, 14 and 16), she also gained invaluable on-the-job training! Serving as a mentor mom and keynote speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups and Babies R Us, Martyn shares her knowledge and experience with parents all over the United States and internationally. Over the past several years, Martyn has offered parenting tips and insight via two web sites: mothersfriendsos.com and xanga.com/mothersfriend. She also writes a monthly parenting column for Event News in Orange County, CA and is a regular contributor to a number of other parenting sites including iparenting.com. She has been featured in a number of prominent national parenting magazines, such as Family Fun, Woman s Day, Real Simple, and Redbook. Her multiple award-winning books, Enjoy the Ride and Sleep Tight show her expertise and passion for books that have that perfect combination of information packaged with a dash of inspiration. This all comes in a format that is quick to reference, accessible, and so down to earth that you feel Martyn is just sitting down at the kitchen table with you talking you through each step. She's a quick friend, a Mother's Friend. Martyn holds a Masters degree in Education from Occidental College, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a lifetime California Language Development Certificate from UCLA.