The perennial favorite for parents who want to get their kids to sleep with ease - now in a completely revised and expanded fourth edition!
In this fully updated fourth edition, Dr. Marc Weissbluth, one of the country's leading pediatricians, overhauls his groundbreaking approach to solving and preventing your children's sleep problems, from infancy through adolescence. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child's natural sleep cycles. Rewritten and reorganized to deliver information even more efficiently, this valuable sourcebook contains the latest research on:
The best course of action for sleep problems: prevention and treatment
Common mistakes parents make trying to get their children to sleep
Different sleep needs for different temperaments
Stopping the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bed-wetting, and more
Ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to her internal clock - naturally
Handling nap-resistant kids and when to start sleep training
Why both night sleep and day sleep are important
Obstacles for working moms and children with sleep issues
The father's role in comforting children
How early sleep troubles can lead to later problems
The benefits and drawbacks of allowing kids to sleep in the family bed
Rest is vital to your child's health, growth, and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age.
"I put these principles into practice - with instant results. Dr. Weissbluth is a trusted resource and adviser." (Cindy Crawford)
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Couldn't get past the neglectful advice
While this book did seem to contain some useful, scientifically proven information about good sleep habits for babies, it also contained tons of negative judgment towards working parents and attachment-style parenting. And worst of all, it contained such horrific, neglectful edorsements of leaving small babies as young as 4 weeks old to cry by themselves in dark rooms for long stretches (as long as necessary including HOURS UPON HOURS for babies just a few months old), that I had to stop reading. I'm blessed with (or probably more accurately--have created through attachment parenting) an easy-tempered 9 month baby who mostly sleeps well but has just lost her a way a little bit (medical issues, mom returning to work/new caregivers, travel), so I don't judge parents in more difficult circumstances who feel desperate enough to let their babies cry. I haven't walked in their shoes. But I do very negatively judge a DOCTOR who endorses such cruelties as a first resort and claims there's no harm to it.
By the way, parents beware when following such advice. My sister-in-law followed strict cry-it-out advice with her first baby, and her now 5 year old has the worst sleep problems I've seen. She absolutely hates sleeping and has a phobic dread of being left alone in a quiet room. By 3 years old they had to stop naps all together because she would literally tear apart her room when they left her in there and was a danger to herself and their home. She currently needs to be bribed to stay all night in her room and will only "sleep" with the lights on and music playing. This is despite being left alone in a dark quiet room as a small baby for 12 hour stretches, supposedly to "train" her to self-sooth. Of course she is chronically sleep deprived, but the psychological damage in her attitude towards sleep is done and probably can't be undone. It's something she'll have to live with for the rest of her life. Let's just say her parents have done it differently with their other 2, with much better success!