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"Booklist" A practical, informative and sensitive guide.

"Kirkus Reviews" Those wrestling with a persistent or more serious problem will find this a real boon.

T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. author of "Doctor and Child" Dr. Ferber is remarkably clear about a complex and common problem....Most parents will be able to use this book as a guide in helping them sort out theirs from the child's needs and will be able to follow his clear, practical directions to the relief of sleeping through the night.

"Publishers Weekly" Ferber is sound, sane and reassuring....Parents of the sleepless should have this one on the shelf for its facts and solid suggestions that work.

"Kirkus Reviews" Welcome news for exhausted parents.

About the Author

Richard Ferber, M.D., is an associate professor of neurology at the Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital Boston. He lives in Newtonville, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Rev Exp edition (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743201639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743201636
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (623 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My wife and I tried for a while the ideas presented in the "no-cry sleep solution" without success. After months of lots of cry and no-sleep problems (both for our son and for ourselves), I decided to read Ferber's book. Because we were concerned about the "cry-it-out" method, I also did some research on what is known in the scientific literature. Here is a summary of my findings:

1- there are several published studies showing that cry-it-out (extinction) and graduated extinction methods are effective in solving sleep problems. Almost no controlled and detailed scientific studies support the "no-cry sleep solution" methods.

2- there is no hard evidence that letting your child cry-it-out causes long-term problems (unless you're ignoring real medical problems).

3- there is evidence that a child's sleep deprivation leads to impaired cognitive development.

4- cold-turkey cry-it-out (extinction) requires more maintenance than graduated extinction, the method proposed by Ferber.

5- Parents using graduated extinction to solve their child's sleep problems bond with their child more than parents whose child does not sleep through the night (true attachment parenting).

The above considerations led my wife and I to try Ferber, since it is in our son's best interest that he sleeps well. I should emphasize that Ferber does not support the "cold turkey" cry-it-out method, where you just let the child to cry to sleep. Instead, he supports the periodic check and reassurance of the child, to let him/her know that you're there for them (graduated extinction).

Ferber's book was very easy to read, even for a tired parent. I followed his recommendation, and read the whole book before attempting any treatment.
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I never thought I'd say this, but I'm here to say, I think the book 'Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems' (aka Ferber Method, "Cry It Out" Method) is the most misunderstood book out there! Here's my story:
JP is my first baby. I thought I would be a 100% "attachment mom". I've read Dr. Sears books and I definitely thought that this was the parenting style for me (and still do in most aspects) I was NEVER going to be one of "those moms" that let their baby cry themselves to sleep. The thought of "crying it out" made me feel so bad - I didn't want MY baby to think I had just abandonned him to sleep alone. So for the first 6 months, I rocked, cuddled and fed JP to sleep (and enjoyed every minute of it!). We definitely formed that strong attachment I was waiting for. This worked great for us both - at first. He was sleeping through the night around 8 weeks and kept it up until around 4 months. Then he started fighting bedtime and was waking very, very frequently. Unfortunately, it wasn't just me he was attached to - he was also attached to his bottle and rocking chair! Nothing we did could get him back to sleep - short of feeding/rocking. Even that only lasted a short time, we were getting up several times a night and everyone in the house was exhausted - baby included. I would love to always rock and cuddle my baby to sleep but it was starting to create problems. :(
I was desperate to do anything. I read the No Cry Sleep Solution, Sleep Lady Book, everything I could get my hands on. All of these things had valid points - they just didn't seem to be working for me! Finally, I broked down and read the Ferber book - Solve your Child's Sleep Problems. Like I said before, I did not set out to be a CIO mom. Not only did I not want to do it, I didn't think it would work!
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Writing this review is a bit therapeutic for me. I currently have what Dr. Sears would call a 'high needs' six and a half month old little boy. For the first two and a half months he was colicky and he then turned 'high needs'/fussy afterwards. The only way to settle him initially was to continuously bounce him on an exercise ball while swaddled then place him in his swing with a pacifier. There came a point where he didn't necessarily need these things for soothing but he had associated them with going to sleep. As a result, by 4-5 months of age he was waking 6-8 times a night to be soothed back to sleep.

Since before his birth I was convinced I would be an 'attachment parent'/Sears follower. Let me first say that I believe in attachment theory and still try and practice this type of parenting. Where I made my mistake was in trying to strictly follow what Dr. Sears said, particularly regarding sleep. His advice which he calls, 'nighttime parenting' involves responding promptly to your infant or child's cries. As a newborn, yes, you want to respond fairly promptly. Crying is their only form of communication, they need to eat frequently, etc. However, after a certain age, responding so promptly to every little whimper can cause big problems for certain babies (including mine). Dr. Sears is obviously very anti-crying (and provides multiple forms of research that supposedly backs up his stance) so I tried all his suggestions including co-sleeping. Co-sleeping can and does work for many babies. I suspect these babies maybe wake 1-3X a night. Their parents probably love the nighttime cuddling and everyone is getting good sleep. However, if your baby is like mine and is much more wakeful, this can result in constant night-waking as often as every 45 minutes to nurse.
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