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Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems Paperback – April 17, 1986
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When your child isn't sleeping, chances are that you aren't either. Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems--a tired parent's essential for more than 10 years--offers valuable advice and concrete help when lullabies aren't enough to lull your child into dreamland. Based on Ferber's research as the director of Boston's Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital, the book is a practical, easy-to-understand guide to common sleeping problems for children ages one to six. Detailed case histories on night waking, difficulty sleeping, and more serious disorders such as sleep apnea and sleepwalking help illustrate a wide variety of problems and their solutions. New parents will benefit from Ferber's proactive advice on developing good sleeping patterns and daily schedules to ensure that sleeping problems don't develop in the first place. You'll also find a bibliography of children's books on bedtime, sleep, and dreaming, as well as a list of helpful organizations. Here's a book that is sure to put you and your whole family to sleep--in this case, that's a good thing.
Kirkus Reviews Those wrestling with a persistent or more serious problem will find this a real boon. -- Review
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We are CONSISTENTLY SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!!! My baby is almost 9 months old now and we started this at 6 months. We went at our own pace and started with *just naps* as my pediatrician suggested. I continued to go nurse her at night if she cried (at first) - until I realized that just wasn't going to work. At her age, she absolutely doesn't need the night time feedings - so - we let her cry at night too.
It was rough for about a week. She would wake and cry for an hour in the middle of the night. So we still weren't sleeping great at first, but now, she sleeps from about 8pm - 6am every night - straight through - no crying (but she still *does* cry when we put her in the crib). She also still screams when I put her down for a nap. But end result: she naps in the day and sleeps at night. I hate it, but crying has been the ONLY solution for her.
She is also napping MUCH more consistently - and for longer amounts of time. Finally! Crying it out was so worth it. I can finally enjoy motherhood now. And my baby is getting the sleep she needs. Side note - my baby had eczema from almost head to toe. That was a nightmare. I am convinced that the eczema was a big factor for her not sleeping well. That's a whole other story, but - I used Tubby Todd ointment (along with prescription hydrocortisone) just in case you were curious. I slathered every ointment on her that you could think of.
Main point: when you are ready to face your fear of letting your baby cry --- GO FOR IT! We are all much happier now!
I have never felt so physically, emotionally, mentally DRAINED in my life - so in my desperation, I bought this book.
After two weeks:
Two weeks into this, my 6 month old daughter has slept through the night a handful of times, but still tends to wake one time most nights. This is a HUGE improvement compared to being up 5+ times a night (or more)! I was desperate when I tried this and wasn't sure if I should let me baby cry, but I am glad I went for it. I am still reading the book - haven't had tons of free time to read ; ) I am very glad I used the Ferber Method.
My daughter REFUSES to take a bottle and - until using this method - would ONLY sleep if I nursed her to sleep and then snuck her into her crib ever so carefully. ALSO - the slightest thing would wake her up and.... she would cry for me to nurse her back to sleep. Again. And again. She was feeding so much at night that it was stimulating her metabolism and juuust as I had nursed her to sleep - she would poop! I would have to change her diaper (which woke her right up) - and we would start the WHOLE PROCESS OVER - nursing to sleep again. Lack of sleep brings out the worst in me and I was so on edge every single day. I am feeling much more like myself now and much more rested.
Hesitations on crying:
To make matters worse, I had not felt confident about letting her cry because she always had some issue going on (reflux, eczema, congestion, teething). If it wasn't one thing, it was another and it felt cruel to let her cry. Against my instincts, I let her cry a *little* at two months (because a friend told me I should) and she was sooo not ready. Should have listened to my gut - that was way too early. Then, at 4 months she suddenly refused to be nursed to sleep one night, so we suddenly tried to let her cry (without any preparation) and she cried for TWO HOURS. Insane and traumatic for us all. I felt so terrible. Again, she just wasn't ready/old enough/whatever - and we had absolutely no strategy. Then when we hit six months - it was time! I couldn't carry the burden anymore. She wasn't napping. She had bags under her eyes. I was falling apart myself. I debated about whether to buy this book versus a "no tears" book. My baby is so strong willed. I ultimately decided she was just going to have to cry a little.
How much crying?
There was actually less crying than I expected! Hallelujah! Most of the crying we deal with is during nap time. For naps, the book tells you not to let your child keep crying once you hit 30 minutes. We have unfortunately hit the 30 minute mark here a few times and she goes without a nap. Naps are harder, but still - she is napping much more consistently now. At night, my baby is quite tired and she has only cried about 15 minutes at the most. Most nights she still cries 5 - 10 minutes, however, some nights she is just too tired to cry and goes right to sleep. It is worth the tears! I feel such a weight lifted off of me.
This book gave me the confidence to let my baby cry and learn to sleep on her own. It went into detail on her specific issues (hers was a combination of sleep association and feeding issues). I feel like I have a much better understanding of how to handle my baby's sleep - and I will hopefully understand more when I finish the book. I skimmed through to the most critical information because - when you are sleep deprived and caring for a baby - you don't have time to read an entire book!