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

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  735 Ratings  ·  128 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
Paperback, 287 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Health Communications (first published 2007)
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Feb 03, 2015 Paula rated it liked it

I wanted an easy solution to my son's sleeping issues. But this book didn't tell me anything I didn't already know or have already been doing. If anyone has a better suggestion on a book that will help me get through my son's dreaded rolling stage in the crib, and to wean him off his paci at night, please let me know. I'm so tired.

Jan 24, 2012 Margaretann rated it liked it
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
May 05, 2008 Regina rated it really liked it
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,
Chris Ortez
Nov 27, 2013 Chris Ortez rated it it was amazing
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 &
May 15, 2014 Becki rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
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
Dec 29, 2007 Leslie rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 20, 2008 Isabell rated it liked it
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.
May 28, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing
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.
May 17, 2013 Gail rated it it was amazing
You can read my thoughts on how much I LOVED this book and how we sleep trained our son at this blog post:

All I will add is OH MY GOD IT REALLY WORKS.
Brandy Miller
Oct 10, 2016 Brandy Miller rated it it was amazing
My little one was sleeping through the night in 2 nights!!!
Aug 08, 2011 Yvette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2016 Stacey added it
Shelves: parenting
I am not going to rate this book until after we see how it helped us!

But, it did give some pretty straightforward advice about how to help your child sleep - by age.
Feb 13, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
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
Jan 28, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Karen Hanson
Dec 20, 2012 Karen Hanson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
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.
Aug 23, 2007 Hannah rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2011 Marisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lindsay Mallow
Jan 01, 2015 Lindsay Mallow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I know that this book won't work for everyone, it worked wonders for our family. My 10 month old was still waking three times a night, having to be nursed to sleep, and it was killing me. I was a complete mombie. I read through this book in two days, and then spent a week recording my son's sleep habits, as recommended. The next week, we began the techniques. The first night was a little rough. The second night was better. On the fourth night, everyone in the house got a full night of slee ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 02, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
Recommends it for: Parents who's babies/kids are not sleeping through the night
Recommended to Beth A. by: Rebecca E
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
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
Mar 09, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2012 Ginny Pennekamp rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 17, 2010 Eric rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 12, 2008 Leahjoypro rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
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
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
Kim Cain
Dec 30, 2012 Kim Cain rated it it was amazing
This method is the only one that has worked for us. My daughter is 27 months old, and I have read and tried to apply numerous other sleep book principles. This one really worked for us because it spelled out in basic terms what to do and how to do it. I was concerned going into the sleep training that since she had gone two years doing things one way that getting her to change would be next to impossible. However, by the second night she was sleeping all night, and the third night only took 5 mi ...more
Doris Dvonch
May 13, 2015 Doris Dvonch rated it it was amazing
Nice solid plan for parents who do not want to do traditional CIO. This is CIO with periodic checks. I did traditional CIO (leave the room for 12 hours, no checks) for bedtime and used this book for nap training. The book will tell you nap training will take a long time; in my case, the kiddo took 4 weeks! Sleeps great now. I can put him down for naps no problem, and he'll nap at least an hour straight. The book says don't try to train until at least 4 months. Don't worry about it. I trained at ...more
Nov 15, 2008 J.j. rated it it was amazing
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
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“To avoid early-morning wakings, do not allow your child to get out of his crib or room until at least 11 hours after his bedtime (you can settle for 10½ hours if your child consistently—after three or more days in a row—seems rested after this much sleep). One of the most difficult times for your child to put himself back to sleep is in the early morning, particularly if he’s been used to getting up or coming into bed with you at that hour. But if you get your child up too early, he’s robbed of enough sleep and will start his day overtired and cranky—and will have a tougher time napping well. For additional information on how to troubleshoot early-morning wakings, please see the section entitled “Bumps in the Road” in Chapter 10, “Special Situations.” For Crib Sleepers If your child wakes in the early-morning hours, continue to do your check-ins just as you did at bedtime and throughout the night. If he hasn’t gone back to sleep, once the clock reaches your designated wake time, go into your child’s room, open the blinds or turn on the light, and say, “You did it! You stayed in your crib the whole night until the sun was nice and bright! We’re so proud of you!” Cuddle and hug him and give him a nice full feed, if he’s ready. Whatever you do, don’t allow your child to fall back asleep—in your arms, in your bed, or in his crib; he’s spent the night practicing how to sleep on his own, and you don’t want to undo your hard work. If your child has woken early but managed to put himself back to sleep—and is still sleeping at the designated wake time—lucky you! Allow him to sleep as long as he likes, up to 12 hours; you’ll want to wake him at this point to preserve his ability to nap well. If your child sleeps later than your scheduled wake time, remember to adjust his nap time later as well (but don’t adjust it any earlier, to avoid a too-early schedule for the day).” 0 likes
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