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The Sleepeasy Solution: The Exhausted Parent's Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep from Birth to Age 5

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  446 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Two experts who are helping Hollywood's A-list babies get their zzz's share the no-fail, family-friendly method that has helped thousands of sleep-deprived moms and dads.

Even Hollywood's biggest stars face the same dilemma as other parents do: "How do I get my child to sleep?" As parents in the know are finding, whether they're on the red carpet or the soccer field, the an
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Paperback, 287 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Health Communications (first published 2007)
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Hannah
Aug 23, 2007 Hannah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any parent with a child 5 years old or younger
Absolutely saved my sanity and helped my daughter to learn excellent sleeping skills.

I chose this book in a haze from the bookshelf at Borders one day after a major regression in my child's sleeping patterns left the whole family with basically no sleep for days. I was so tired that I was on the verge of a meltdown and there was no end in sight. I'd tried everything I could think of to help her sleep and nothing was working anymore.

The reason I grabbed "Sleepeasy" is because the print was larg
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Regina
May 05, 2008 Regina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All parents
Recommended to Regina by: library
Sleepeasy: worked better than expected. Promises almost all babies will be sleeping all night in 5 days or less, if parents follow the plan exactly. My baby dropped from 10 to 4 wakings the first night, and down to one waking the second night with a sleep stretch of 7 1/2 hours!

Ferber's method:increased night crying and number of wakings

Weissbluth's method: my baby cried and cried and then it didn't work longterm because my baby was still night nursing.

Pantley No-Cry Sleep Solution: didn't work,
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Margaretann
I've officially given up on sleep books and am throwing in the towel. This will likely be the last one I pick up. There was nothing inherently wrong with the advice given here (another modified CIO approach to infant sleep) but I've realized that my little one will STTN when she's ready and that - for now - several wakings during the night is normal and okay (particularly as she is EBF and not yet eating solids).

In my opinion, western society is way too obsessed with this notion that a baby MUS
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Chris Ortez
I can't recommend this book any more whole-heartedly or enthusiastically. If you're losing your mind from lack of sleep due to a miniature version of you, this book will help you solve that. We had tried reading a few other books but the methods seemed a little too draconian for our tastes. This book struck the perfect balance between crying it out and offering aid to your child, in the form of scheduled check-ins (with no contact whatsoever, just reassuring and encouraging words).

My wife &
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Becki
Ironically, I finished reading this book in the middle of the night when my 8 month old was refusing to sleep.
The 4 stars is based on the writing and readability of the book. I haven't put the plans into practice yet. That's on the docket for the weekend.
Let me start by saying I am really not a fan of "crying it out" or letting my lovely one cry and cry. However, none of the non-cry methods have worked with him. So I'm going to give this one a try. It promises results in less than a week for ni
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Leslie
Dec 29, 2007 Leslie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any parent who needs sleep!
this book is great! i have so many "how to get your baby to sleep" books which are informative, but this book gives you a nuts and bolts plan that you can put into action. we recently encountered some problems with our daughter waking during the night...she had slept before but she is at a developmental fever pitch right now and i suspect also having a bit of separation anxiety. whatever the reason, she used to sleep and all of a sudden decided she wouldnt!

after reading the book, we started our
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Isabell
Aug 20, 2008 Isabell rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sleep-deprived parents of toddlers
So, this is the only book that actually worked. For that, it should get 5 stars. :) The writing I can't star because, well, it isn't literature and it doesn't intend to be. A note of caution: I wouldn't do this with a baby younger than 12 months to whom you can't explain what's going to happen. I really loved the author's idea of making an own story book to explain the new rules at bedtime. That worked especially well for me and Fé.
Julie
This was the one book out of the 50 that I seemed to have read that got Leah to sleep through the night (finally) at 7.5 months old. It's great that is separates the advice into age groups so that if you are starting when your baby is 6 months or 3 years old, you know right where to start reading.
Gail
You can read my thoughts on how much I LOVED this book and how we sleep trained our son at this blog post: http://www.gailwernerphoto.com/sleep-...

All I will add is OH MY GOD IT REALLY WORKS.
rachel
I thought this book was going to be ridiculous because it is endorsed by "experts" like Conan O'Brien, Ben Stiller etc....and the authors run a Hollywood sleep clinic for babies & toddlers. BUT, it is actually sensible. It helps to give a quick set of sleeping guidelines for babies 4 months+ and a clear plan for how to improve your baby's sleep. I had NO idea how long an average baby is supposed to sleep during the day or at night or what is a good bedtime, so this just gave some parameters. ...more
Sarah Adamson
I first read this book when my daughter was only a few months old and struggling to sleep. It took time and patience to work out which points helped us and which suggestions just didn't work for us. I just reread it to help with my four year old. As with all parenting books, take what you can use and experiment with and ignore the bits that don't work for you!! This was a really good read - it felt much more scientific than some other sleep books and was clear in saying not everything works for ...more
Karen Hanson
I first started reading this book when my daughter was born, but quickly realized there was nothing much I could do to sleep train her until she was at least 4 months old. All the authors say about newborns is to do whatever it takes to get them to sleep and that it's impossible for them to develop bad habits that young. So we basically did what we wanted for the first 4 months and then started to follow the plan in this book.

Now, I didn't follow this book to the letter, just used it as a guide.
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Dandy
I really liked this book. I have to laugh at all the comments on how it is better than the Ferber Method because you don't have to let your child just cry, when it is very much like the Ferber Method. Both methods use a check in system for your crying child. In fact Ferber's check in starts off a little more often than the Sleepeasy Solution.

I will say that the difference in this book vs. Ferber is that the Sleepeasy Solution is written in a way that feels more empathetic and less clinical. You
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Kristen
This is the baby sleep book I would recommend to others!

The authors really have "heart" when it comes to helping a baby sleep. They understand the parent instinct to comfort an upset baby. I loved the detailed section based on different ages: 4-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, and so on.

They introduced me to the concept of a "dream feed" rather than feeding my baby when she wakes. This way I don't have to expect her to sleep 12 hours through the night, but I do still expect her to fall back as
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Michelle
This book is about teaching your baby how to fall asleep on her own. I used this with Brynja when she was four months old and it was incredibly effective!

This book is a variation on the famous "cry it out" method, but with a key difference. Often parents try to let their infants "cry it out," but give up after a few days when they don't see any improvement in sleep. The reason that crying can sometimes be ineffective is because your sudden absence is stressful to the baby and inhibits her abilit
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Yvette
I am really skeptical when it comes to books that "supposedly" help you get your baby to sleep. In desperation I downloaded this book into my Kindle. As I lied in bed with a baby nursing and my arm hurting from the side-lying position (which has been my permanent position for the past six months), I read the book thinking "yeah right." The next day, exhausted from nursing all night and from getting very little real sleep I decided that enough was enough. I love my baby. I don't mind nursing and ...more
Marisa
After 8 months and trying just about every no-cry solution I could find, this is the book that finally got our son to sleep through the night. It hits upon the very important principle that sleep training is 5% baby training and 95% parent training, and it gears the discussion to answer parents' fears, worries, and questions with well-argued and logical answers. I think the thing I like best is that it is the only sleep training book I have found that works from birth to 5 years--that means that ...more
Elizabeth
Warning: This book does recommend a version of the "crying it out" method that isn't for everyone. It does involve checking on your child after a designated amount of time, but not making any physical contact. In the back f the book they do have a few different variations that may take more time, but involve more different degrees of contact. In my opinion, Any parent who is sleep-training NEEDS to read this book! It's gives a step by step guide to sleep train children of a wide age range, and a ...more
Beth A.
Dec 30, 2008 Beth A. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents who's babies/kids are not sleeping through the night
Recommended to Beth A. by: Rebecca E
Shelves: parenting, nonfiction
This book was enjoyable and easy to read. It only took me 3-4 hours to finish, but it still has a lot of great information. It explains their method in detail (it's similar to the Ferber method), but with a more compassionate viewpoint than Ferber's book. Did I mention it's easier to read? It explains that allowing your child space to discover how to self-sooth themselves into good sleep will benefit them in the long run with a happier (not exhausted and grumpy) child. (Not to mention the grumpy ...more
Laura
This book does work! We struggled to get our 5 mth old, over 15 lb (the books criteria for this method) son to sleep through the night, were inconsistent in night feedings, how long we would let him cry before patting his head or belly, and were a slave to the pacifier (meaning we would have to get up several times each night to reinsert it). This book really helped us understand how confusing the inconsistency was for him and gave us specific steps on how to wean the night feedings and help him ...more
Laura
I've really enjoyed the tone of this book. The two authors are very sympathetic and informative without bogging you down with too much information. They get right to what to do and suggestions for special circumstances. Our son isn't exactly sleeping through the night, but he went from screaming hysterically every two hours or so to sleeping almost as soon as we put him in his crib until eleven, when I dreamfeed him, and then three, when I do it again. He does still seem to have trouble around s ...more
Ginny Pennekamp
Well, on one hand, it should be easy to put your kid to sleep. Especially a kid who has done, many times, what the goal of this book is -- gone to sleep in his own bed and slept all night. But then we had trips and teething and colds and... we turned to this book.

This book is really well written and will make you feel great about giving it a shot, especially since the main method involves ignoring your crying child for long stretches of time. And the first night we did it, it was rough... BUT IT
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Ann Marie
Each baby & family is different, but this one worked for us. Clear, prescriptive directions for letting your child cry it out are a must. This book deserves 5 stars because it doesn't make you feel like a jerk. I would venture to say about a third of the content is spent reassuring you about the process/decision.
Leahjoypro
There are a lot of great things about this book. One is that it is very well-researched. The authors run a sleep clinic and are well-known in the baby sleep community. Another good thing about this book is that they talk about kids of all ages, not just babies, so this book is good even for parents who are trying to get toddlers to sleep in their own bed. I like that they help you set up a detailed plan and really walk you through the how-to's. The authors also use a very sympathetic tone, which ...more
Eric
What can I say? When I bought this book my daughter was only sleeping at night for an hour, and then was up for twenty minutes, then slept for an hours, and was up for twenty minutes and so on. 5 nights later she was sleeping through the night for a full 11 hours.

This book uses a sort of middle ground between attachment parenting, and Cry It Out allowing you to check in on your child in regular intervals but still needing to let her cry. It was hard, very hard, her mother even had to leave the h
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Stephanie
Very helpful for us. We borrowed this from a friend when our baby was eleven months old and still not sleeping through the night or having a consistent bedtime. Every baby is different, but this worked like a charm for us.
Kassy
Completely changed the way I put my 19 month old to sleep. Helped me cut night time feedings and completely wean him from nursing after getting him to sleep full nights in his own bed.

Highly recommend to new moms!
Franziska
Of all the many sleep books I've been reading so far, I do like this one the best. I feel it has good advice that's presented in a fairly logical and organized manner. The writers, who have some academic expertise don't make any ridiculous or unfounded claims, and most of all are presenting a middle path that I think most people should be able to handle (it's neither cry it out nor fussing over your child 24/7). I also like that they do not present a sleep plan or suggestions for newborns, and o ...more
J.j.
Oh this has been a godsend. Seriously. Now, we had been putting Fisher down awake since like day 1, so it wasn't the putting himself to sleep that was a problem, it was the 2-3 wake-ups that he got himself into the habit of, around 11 weeks. So around 5 months, we got this book, learned how to night-wean (something I was deathly afraid of with Alla - surely night weaning would cause her to completely wean, right? nope.), and it went like clockwork, on the 6th night he slept thru, and was a great ...more
Doris Dvonch
The book is geared towards sleep tips for kids aged 4 months and older. Looking for newborn tips? Forget it. Also, the book is totally disorganized and doesn't give straight answers.
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