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The No-Cry Nap Solution: Guaranteed Gentle Ways to Solve All Your Naptime Problems (Pantley)

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The No-Cry Nap Solution: Guaranteed Gentle Ways to Solve All Your Naptime Problems (Pantley)
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published December 2nd 2008)
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Mary Mulliken
Feb 11, 2011 Mary Mulliken rated it really liked it
I read this and the No-cry Sleep Solution at the same time and recommend them highly to all new parents! I am so grateful to Elizabeth Pantley for offering some "solutions" to us parents who would never consider harsh measures like leaving a baby to cry by his/herself into the night. I put "solutions" in quotes because, truthfully, I question all the importance our culture puts on "sleeping through the night" or any other independence-pushing at such a young age. As a co-sleeping and breastfeedi ...more
Natasha
Jan 24, 2014 Natasha rated it really liked it
I like the books much gentler approach to sleep vs the CIO which so many people are supporters of. Honestly as adults we have to do thing like eat well, exercise, quit smoking etc and non of us want to be locked in room and be told to deal with it so what makes us think that we should do to babies that are still getting used to their surroundings is beyond me. I digress, I liked her suggestions of the routine, the dance and explanation of the sleep cycles which helped me understand my baby's sle ...more
Little
Jul 20, 2009 Little rated it really liked it
Yes! Pantley starts with the basic philosophy that if what you're doing works for your family, then it's working. You don't have to change anything if you and your baby happy, no matter what anyone else says. After that foundation is established, Pantley lists a whole host of potential nap "problems" that you might be facing and a range of solutions for each one. Baby won't nap without nursing? If you're happy nursing him to sleep, keep doing it. If you're not happy, here a handful of suggestion ...more
Joy
Oct 26, 2010 Joy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, baby
This book seemed to just be a random pile of ideas. I've heard of all the suggestions before and nothing in this book was earth shattering. This was just a waste of my time.
Andrea
Mar 08, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it
the no cry sleep solution covers everything in this book but adds more on nighttime sleep - get the other book instead.
Liz
Mar 12, 2011 Liz rated it it was ok
Shelves: mom-helps
*After writing the original review (see below) I decided (with a friends help) to mark it down to 2. "It was ok" sounds about right. Overall the book had 2 good things, and at least a dozen fluffy, contradictory, or flat out dangerous things.*

I really wish goodreads let you half star books. At least near the 2 and 3 range, cause this is 2.5 for me. I decided to round up. Why? Well, of the three things that have helped most when trying to get my little one to sleep better, this book gave me one o
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Jasmin
Dec 26, 2011 Jasmin rated it really liked it
This book is great! First of all, it's a quick read; I was able to read through it over the course of two of my four month olds naps. Second of all, the book provides solutions with concrete steps you can follow. Sometimes going through lists of general ideas that might help aren't good enough! I thought it was great to have some actual protocols to put to the test.

I like that she begins by saying if your baby is napping well now and you are happy with how he goes to sleep and where he is sleep
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Canoe
My husband and I have really no interest in the cry it out method. Both of us work and we enjoy our daughter's bedtime. Not only is it one of our treasured bonding times, but in some ways it becomes a little bit of "me" time. How else would I get so much reading done?

This book doesn't make me feel like I am going to screw up my child because I rock her to sleep or let her take naps on me. It has helped me to recognize how important that time really is to me and my husband and let us shrug off t
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Tyan
Dec 02, 2009 Tyan rated it really liked it
In this book the author goes over naptime and its importance to infant and toddler development. She outlines "good" napping in all its varieties and offers tips for common problems that prevent kiddos from getting good naps. The approaches are not immediate. Almost all require patience to use but they do try to minimize crying as much as possible.

This was a decent book for dealing with nap issues but not my favorite. The tone was a little too informal and the answers a little too pat. However, I
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KimberLeigh
Nov 04, 2010 KimberLeigh rated it really liked it
This book address every possible napping issue. It is thorough and complete, and takes a gentle, loving approach. The biggest point to learn from this book, which I appreciate, is that we parents need to exercise patience and tender loving care. Children cannot be forced to sleep, anymore than an adult can sleep if they are not tired. I feel like parents, in the rush of life, forget that their children are little people who cannot explain themselves understandably, and patience and care are numb ...more
Lori
May 25, 2010 Lori rated it it was amazing
I had to give this book 5 stars because its the first parenting book that didn't tell me to put my baby down and let her fall asleep on her own...uhm...yeah, exactly how does that not result in a screaming child?!?Pantley offers solutions to specific problems and makes the valid point that what is a problem for you may not be a problem for someone else and vice versa, so only work on problems for you. It really helped me relax and realize I can work on problems when they become problems and if a ...more
Mikel
There was some really good information in this book. However, I have to say personally I still lean heavily towards the baby-wise way of thinking. Ms. Pantley tended to over demonize the baby-wise method as if you left your baby starving and crying all night long. It made me wonder if she'd actually read Mr. Ezzo & Mr. Bucknam's books. However, I agree that some of her ideas would provide a happy medium if used in addition to the baby-wise method. I'm sorry we are just really not for co-slee ...more
Inder
Sep 22, 2009 Inder rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
I'm not sure whether my baby needs more naps or whether it's me that needs more naps, but either way - there are some helpful, if not earth-shattering, ideas here, and I may try to implement some of them. Unfortunately, they seem to require being organized and establishing set routines, which is not my forte.

However, I did appreciate the information about sleep cycles - I think my baby is a one-cycle-sleeper, and just knowing that may turn out to be helpful in getting him to take longer naps (n
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Lauren
Jun 24, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
I thought this really helped me find a way to get Finley to nap in her crib and for regular nap times. It took over a month and a half (of hell) but we finally got there. She had colic, so she would only nap in her swing as a result and when she quickly outgrew the swing, it was a monumental task to get her to nap at all, let alone in her crib. This gave me some great advice- namely that I needed to put her down for naps exactly how she went to bed at night (this apparently was common- most babi ...more
Hannah Whiteside
Feb 22, 2012 Hannah Whiteside rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book for anyone who is not a fan of crying it out as a solution to their little one's sleep problems. The way Pantley has written this book makes for a smooth, fast read. There is no one way to achieve better sleep for your child and you take advice from the areas that need work to make your plan. My little one was a a horrible napper. Since trying techniques from this book his quality of sleep has improved tremendously not only for naps but at nighttime too. My son may not b ...more
Jackie
Nov 26, 2011 Jackie rated it it was amazing
This is the best baby sleep book I've read so far, one that takes into account the differences in children's needs and personalities as well as parenting styles and preferences. It helps parents to understand how babies sleep, how much they need and how to get them the sleep they need. There is no magic formula, no 'this is how you must do it', just many tips and guidelines for getting baby to sleep and keeping him there. I can't say all my son's sleep problems have disappeared, but things have ...more
Allison Rogers
Apr 24, 2012 Allison Rogers rated it it was ok
This book really does emphasize the need for babies to nap, which I understand. I know how important it is for my baby to nap but getting my baby to nap was my issue. This book helps the reader understand why their baby isn't napping and lists ways to get their baby to nap. I would have liked to see more situations and examples of napping issues and solutions. I found that the examples they listed were kind of limited. I did get a few good tips but getting my baby to nap mostly came in time and ...more
Ashley
Jul 28, 2014 Ashley rated it it was ok
I found the information this book provided on the science of sleep helpful. However, the actual “solutions” are for people who have no life outside of their baby. I cannot be actively engaged in my baby’s entire nap time, jumping through hoops to get her to fall asleep and stay asleep, which is why I purchased a book on “naptime solutions!!” I’ve found “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” to be a much better book with methods that actually work (though they do involve some crying).
Libby
Jun 23, 2009 Libby rated it liked it
Shelves: women-family
Gave me a couple of suggestions I haven't already heard, but some of her suggestions are things I've already tried and totally don't work. It makes me wonder why I should trust anything she says. Also, she never references any research papers specifically, although she often says "research shows". I find this quite annoying. It's hard to know if she's quoting heresay or not. Even so, a lot of parenting is just getting suggestions of new things to try out and this book is great for that.
Carrie B
Apr 01, 2011 Carrie B rated it it was amazing
This is a very gentle book - it gave me a technique for helping my baby fall asleep without his passy. This prevented the constant passy-giving wake up call, and just for that it gets my 5 stars!! Many more excellent techniques and problem solvers too.

It also outlines how to progress into toddlerhood with nap schedules, how to give up naps, etc. My baby is still an infant, but I anticipate revisiting this book frequently as he grows.
Jennifer Miera
Oct 14, 2009 Jennifer Miera rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
I liked that Pantley addresses many issues that have stemmed from my "natural" or "attached" parenting style - like nursing a child down to sleep and or letting your baby sleep in-arms. However, I've never been willing to stick with any of her suggestions long enough to see if they worked. So, I guess I'll just complain about about my littlest son's sleeping habits (as I did my first one's)and try to cope as best I can.
Kelly
Pantley's advice is helpful (follow a shorter version of the nighttime routine for naps, etc), and I especially appreciated the whole "babies often awake after one sleep cycle" section since that's my kid, but time will tell if the routine helps my baby nap more consistently without nursing/in arms/co-sleeping.
Marissa (Rae Gun Ramblings)
Feb 07, 2015 Marissa (Rae Gun Ramblings) rated it really liked it
Good solid things to try that don't involve HOURS of screaming. That being said my kid still does not sleep after trying all the ideas in this book. But I did feel less crazy and more supported after reading this. If anything it was a helpful perspective change although after over a year of holding/driving for naps I'm tired of it.
Tim
Apr 22, 2013 Tim rated it liked it
It's a useful, quick read. Many of the solutions about how to transition from one type of sleep to another (from swing to crib or from arm-rocking to crib) are variations on a theme - do it over time, do it in stages. It's worked for us so far with our 4 month first born, so when we have another we'll continue to use many of the tips in this book.
Julie
May 28, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
There are some good tips in this book. I like the fact that the author never says, "This will work for you", but gives lots of ideas and encourages you to be realistic about trying lots of different strategies and giving each one lots of time. None of the ideas in this book were radically new to me, however, they encouraged me to try a few things again that I had given up on.
Sophie
Oct 12, 2009 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Helpful to read in addition to the No Cry Sleep Solution, this book has much more in depth information on naps, and includes various things to try for babies who need to feed to sleep / rock to sleep / sleep in arms etc. If you're only gonna read one read the NCSS, but if you're willing to buy two get this too!
Mindy Danylak
Sep 25, 2013 Mindy Danylak rated it really liked it
Super helpful book -- helped me identify what I was doing right & what I needed to try or change. I appreciated that the author doesn't present a "recipe" but instead offers a variety of solutions that the parent can tailor to each child & problem, and that can be varied over time. I got this book from the library but I think I'll buy a copy -- it's an excellent, easy-to-use resource.
Katrina
Jan 13, 2013 Katrina rated it really liked it
I read the No Cry Sleep Solution when I had my first kiddo, and just read this one now that I have my second. I love the step by step approach to different nap issues, the emphasis on no crying, and the author's treatment of parents as the ones who know what's best for our kids.
Kristin
Sep 28, 2014 Kristin rated it liked it
This book didn't have a lot of new information from what I've read online. I think the best part is where she says if what you're doing is working for you, don't feel like you have to change it because of what other people think.
Rachel
Feb 19, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
I really like all of Elizabeth Pantley's books because they're never about a one size fits all solution. I'm looking forward to trying some of these ideas with my 7 month old son. I feel like I have a lot of tools & options at my disposal now.
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Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. Elizabeth frequently speaks to parents at schools, hospitals, and parent groups around the world. Her presentations are received with enthusiasm, and praised as realistic, warm and helpful.

She is a regular radio show guest and frequently quoted as a parenting expert in newspapers
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“human beings sleep in cycles, and there is a brief awakening between them. An independent sleeper will get comfortable and fall right back to sleep, likely not even realizing that he's awake. What this tells us is that a short napper cannot put himself back to sleep, so his nap appears to be over at the end of one sleep cycle.” 0 likes
“Naps at different times of the day serve different purposes in brain development at different ages. Morning naps have more dreaming, or REM sleep, which is what makes them so important for infants and young babies, who require more REM sleep than older babies and toddlers because of the type of brain development that occurs in the early months.” 0 likes
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