- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (July 29, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345518470
- ISBN-13: 978-0345518477
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family Paperback – July 29, 2014
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Advance praise for Sweet Sleep
“Chock-full of advice and information . . . The editors smartly break the information into digestible bits organized by topics and age ranges. And for any parent desperate for an uninterrupted few hours of sleep, the advice is worth the read. Sweet Sleep includes extensive information on creating a safe sleep space, helping children learn to sleep on their own and defusing criticism of your family’s choices. . . . This book is nothing but supportive of whatever your choices are about nursing and sleeping.”—BookPage
“An essential guide for parents . . . detailed, practical advice on bed sharing and breast-feeding, with basic guidelines for safe bed sharing outlined in seven steps.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
La Leche League International is the most trusted name in breastfeeding information, support, and advocacy. Founded in 1956 by seven intrepid women, La Leche League now has more than 7,000 accredited leaders in sixty-eight countries, and offers phone, online, and in-person consultation to breastfeeding mothers.
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The bottom line is this: no everyone is going to co-sleep, and that's fine! But even parents who are strictly against it might find themselves accidentally falling asleep with their baby, and this book teaches us how to make even those little accidental co-sleeps as safe as possible. We buy cabinet locks, door latches, and wall mounts for our furniture: this is basically like the only resource that tells you how to do this same kind of safety check for your sleep surfaces and beds, with a little boost of wisdom and story telling to keep it interesting!
I was disappointed to read it and learn that the entire book basically amounts to: bed share. I feel like the authors don't address my issue with bed sharing (that it's just not a comfortable way for me to sleep and I'm too light a sleeper). And I feel that they dismiss other concerns moms might have with "even if it makes you uncomfortable, force yourself to try it anyway." They also seem to make you feel like you are denying your child comfort and love if you don't want to bed share.
I do think with so many sleep "solutions" out there, of course there is a place for this book. Bed sharing is indeed one path toward getting more sleep. But if you are already sure it's not for you, this book won't be very useful.
14 months later I still reference this book. So much of our current parenting wisdom seems to be based on the perception of others... The first question you are asked is "is she good? Does she sleep through the night?" So much contemporary sleep research shows night waking is normal into the second year, so maybe we need to stop seeing infant waking as a problem to rectify and recognize all children are different and have different sleep needs and patterns. This book helped to reassure me when I was confronted with tirades of "she'll never learn to sleep, self soothe, etc., if you don't teach her."
I often choose to parent as I imagine I would if I lived in a tribe before expert parenting advice and pseudo science. In such a place I would sleep with my baby, I would respond to her cries, I would nurse her on demand and not a schedule. This book is empowering to the parents who want to parent in a way that is natural, attached, and empathetic to their babies.