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The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Child S Sleep

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Guaranteed to help parents reclaim sweet dreams for their entire family

New from the bestselling author of the classic baby sleep guide!

Getting babies to sleep through the night is one thing; getting willful toddlers and energetic preschoolers to sleep is another problem altogether. Written to help sleep-deprived parents of children ages one to five, The No-Cry Sleep Solu
ebook, 400 pages
Published May 16th 2005 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published 2005)
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Feb 06, 2008 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep reading this book in hopes of finding some magical solution for getting Cole to sleep reliably. When I find it, I suspect it will be tethered to the tail of a pig flying by...
Jul 20, 2010 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
It didn't have the answer I was looking for, which was, "How to get a 14 month old to sleep through the night." It did change my attitude about dealing with my child when he is awake or won't go to sleep...I've begun to cherish that time with him much more.

There seems to be a gap between baby sleeping books and toddler sleeping books. Many of the the author's examples and references were of older toddlers, children that can carry conversations and have opinions. My child still can't tell me why
For some reason, I liked this book substantially more than Pantley's previous book (The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night). Still no real solution here for why my 20-month old still can't stay asleep through the night, but helpful chapters on expectations management (i.e., lots and lots of parents are still getting up with toddlers) and strategies for what to do when he does wake up.

I'm not sure how much of what I'm feeling is an attitude improvement an
Brandy Mcdonald
May 12, 2012 Brandy Mcdonald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I have been struggling with sleeping solutions ever since Jameson was a baby. I tried crying it out for a night and knew it just wasn't for me. I could never find a solution that didn't involve trying to teach my child that I won't respond when they cry. When a friend recommended the infant version of this book, I decided to give this one ago given the current ages of my children. I was amazed! It spoke to my exact parenting styles and was finally the answer I was l ...more
Dec 27, 2010 KimberLeigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book address every possible night time 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 n ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Cailean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We benefited so greatly from the baby No-Cry Sleep Solution, that reading this book was a natural next step when our oldest reached toddlerhood. Toddlers have their own unique set of issues with sleep, phases, and understanding. What's wonderful about toddlers vs. babies is you can reason a little more with them, help them test their world with cause and effect, and learn to motivate them with rewards for good behavior. Pantley's method of gently nuturing your baby's sleep into toddlerhood fits ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that this book had a chapter about the particular needs of adopted kids. I like that the recommendations that they suggest are all things that are appropriate for adopted kiddos or for people that aren't into Cry it out or Ferberizing. The hard thing is that the advice in this book isn't instant pudding or a simple do this and it will fix your sleep type solution. Instead, I think both parents need to read this book, gather some information about just what the problems with sleep are and ...more
Chris Munson
Sep 11, 2012 Chris Munson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
For the most part our son has been a good sleeper, but recently he has gotten to the point where if he doesn't sleep with us...he doesn't sleep at all...and neither do we. So, we turned to the No-Cry Sleep Solution book to see if we could find answers. Not only did the book provide tips and guidance on how to solve our particular problem, it provides solutions for a plethora of other sleep issues - all without making your child "cry it out." Sometimes all a parent really needs is an authoritativ ...more
Jan 01, 2010 Aimee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
I preferred this book over her original book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" (for babies). My son was apparently ahead of the curve, standing, climbing out of bed at an early age, so some of her "solutions" wouldn't have worked. I decided to pick this book up a few months ago, because it dealt with issues we are having with him now that he is 21-months old: night nursing/waking, transitioning to a big kid bed etc. She has obviously been there and it is apparent. I incorporated some of her solutions ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Phoebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good review ion the importance of routines. Since I have re-committed myself, Sully goes to sleep without crying and Agnes has stayed n her own bed all night for 7 days in a row! To top it all off the kids are now in bed before 8 every night and seem to be in much better moods. Now I need to tackle Sully's habit of waking up in the middle of his nap and want to finish his nap on the couch.
Leah Woodworth
Feb 26, 2015 Leah Woodworth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helpful even though I read the first book

This book has given me new ideas and resolve to help my toddler sleep, without the trauma of too much crying.
Shawna Massengill
If you have a young child not sleeping (there's another book for infants) then you should at least skim this. Just by following her simple 8 suggestions I got one going down an hour earlier and falling asleep in minutes and the other falling asleep in a half hour instead of an hour and a half. We're still working through the other suggestions but so far every thing we've done has worked or at least been an improvement.
Carolina C santos
This book helped me more than I could imagine! I wasn't respecting my daughter's sleep time during the day because she was "big enough to know when to sleep" but I was terribly wrong.....

I've used a lot of information and, besides some normal difficulties because kids are so dinamic, this book changed my life and how to approach my and my family's sleep needs.

Give it a try, knowing that not everything can work, but if something do, it will worth a lot!
Apr 14, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My husband read this first, and really liked it. It offers very specific constructive steps, which is more helpful than other books that are just general and supportive.

I am still in the middle, but I agree it's good. It's a very quick read for a longer book. I am also finding that many things she suggests we are already doing, or are naturally occuring as my child gets older, so while those are things we can't add, it does reassure me that we are doing things correctly, as well as show that her
Jan 16, 2017 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
I may have to revisit this when Berry's older, but the basis was still helpful.
Feb 22, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents, Parents of Toddlers, Caregivers of toddlers
I love “The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers”! When my twins were a little over a year old a friend recommended this book to me. We had a unique situation in that my twins had special needs as infants and as a result, we never established any type of bedtime routine; we were pretty much just running on survival mode, everyone collapsing to sleep out of pure exhaustion late at night. Not healthy. Even though my twins were sleeping through the night then, it was very difficult t ...more
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Feb 15, 2009 Jack Kirby and the X-man rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jack Kirby and the X-man by: Local Australian Breastfeeding Association Group
Ahhh.. Sleeping... probably the number one topic of conversation for parents!

Every parent has a different parenting style. From co-sleeping, baby-led-weaning, baby-carrying, home-birthing, cloth-nappy-wearing parents (I think of this as left-wing parenting) to the cry-it-out, bottle-fed, into-childcare-at-six-weeks parents (I think of this as right-wing parenting). The reality is, like politics, that the vast majority of people are somewhere in the middle (I'm centre-left). Elizabeth Pantley doe
As she mentions in her first book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution, if you implement the ideas from her first book you shouldn't need this one. That said, I was hoping for more ideas and she had some more. We got The No-Cry Sleep Solution when William was 14 months old or so, and now he's almost 22 months and sleeping SOOOOO much better. But we have this persistant problem where he falls asleep pretty easily at night, and then wakes up 15 minutes later. He's sweet and happy and not crying at all - but ...more
Feb 17, 2009 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good facts and info on toddler sleep needs. Holistic approach encourages you to step back and look at everything about the child's day that can contribute to better sleep. Also good for ideas on making bed and nap time pleasant and for transitioning from sleeping one place/time/way to another. Also had some sections that didn't apply to me (like multiples, adoptions, and medical issues relating to sleep). Like her baby sleep book, this book presents info and ideas and lets you as the intelligent ...more
I heard about the "no-cry sleep solution"-movement for a long time but didin't really have much desire to find out what it is all about because bedtime was never a huge fiasco (at least not on a normal day)for us. I think this book would be more helpful in a couple more years. There were, however, a couple ofthings that I learned and have applied to my family just in the last couple of day because of this: 1. Routines are good as children get older. (yes tiffany you told me this too) I can see t ...more
Several things made me like this book. The writing style was easy to read and the information was broken up into organized chapters and sections. This made it easy to follow and also easy to skim. Another feature I liked was how it was broken into three sections: general sleep info, 8 tips for everyone, and then trouble shooting. Again, that made it easy to figure out what you needed to read and what could be skimmed.

As far as the advice goes, this one was easy for me to like because we already
Jun 22, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
As another reviewer wrote, this book is helpful and reassuring. I have found a lot of strategies and tricks in here that I am willing to try and that sound like they might work. Much of it is for later, when A's a little older (and of course I'm hoping I won't need it then if we can get the sleep and nap thing down pat now). I have also learned a lot about sleep itself.

This book, combined with Good Night, Sleep Tight The Sleep Lady's Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep , Stay Asleep,
Ginny Pennekamp
May 07, 2013 Ginny Pennekamp rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you have a sleep problem that you need to address, this book will not help you. If you know nothing about putting a toddler, a pre-schooler, or yourself to sleep, this book might have some news for you.

But basically -- just avoid any book that says "no-cry." It means "we will talk about offering a boob anytime there's a problem," or "have you thought about keeping your child's room dark?"

Anytime you're having sleep issues with your child, whether you're an advocate of the cry it out method o
Jan 16, 2008 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents, Doctors, Family, Educators
Recommended to Tamara by: special needs parenting board
This is the most incredible book I've ever seen on sleep and kids. Its written in a warm, intelligent, and approachable way.
What I appreciate most is the honesty. Pantley does NOT promise an instant cure, rather she helps parents get a clear picture of age appropriate behavior, and offers a wide variety of possible solutions that can be implemented as a system that will work over time.

Although our sleep problems are not cured, after only two weeks, the situation is already better. We've started
Jan 31, 2012 Alisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This book was like it was future me writing to current me. I've heard a lot of the ideas in this book at la Leche league meetings. After the birth of my third child, and an unexpected five day hospital stay, my two older children, ages four and two, completely changed their sleep patterns and we needed help fast.

Kind, gentle and realistic, Pantley explains that every family is different and there are many great ways to approach sleep. She gives calming reassurance and praise. She understands ex
Jul 27, 2015 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure I would recommend buying Elizabeth Pantley's 'No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers' although I would lend my copy for some of the general tips and for those parents ready to give up co-sleeping. There is a good deal of repetition in the book as the same ideas are presented in different chapters and some of the chapters are very light and I wonder if Pantley would have been better off not trying to deal with everything. She comes from a perspective of co-sleeping, whi ...more
Feb 14, 2008 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents
Shelves: 2008-read-books
I found this book to be helpful and reassuring. Basically? All kids have sleep problems. It's not just my kid. And to get past and/or through your kid's sleep problems, you've got to try out a routine. And if it doesn't work, you gotta change it up and find what does work.

I write this as my kid is in bed. On time. Without a battle tonight. Even though we were out this evening at a Valentine's Day party. We left a little early to get home and get our routine underway. Making small evening sacrif
Jan 25, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents of toddlers and preschoolers
This book tells you mainly information you already know but haven't really organized into a plan. It is helpful to get you to the next step of getting your child to stick to a routine. There are helpful tips and ideas. Mainly, it was helpful to see the statistics about how many preschoolers don't actually sleep through the night. It specifically address our problem...a baby who slept beautifully through the night and then became a frequent night-waking toddler. It talks about a lot of specific p ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Genny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
I just skimmed through this one actually. not because it was not worth the read, but because I had a lot on my plate and our bed time issues seemed to be resolving themselves.

The one thing I did get from this book, which I really appreciated, was that there is no one way, or even one right way for sleeping/bedtime to occur. As with most parenting, it is what works best for your family, what helps your family function smoothly, or the way you want it to. And there were a few nice tips/hints of th
Liss Capello
Feb 24, 2012 Liss Capello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although, like the original No-Cry Sleep Solution book, this one tends to be repetitive and could probably be shortened, I did feel like this was a more comprehensive analysis of sleep difficulties than the previous book. In part I think this is because as you enter the late toddler/preschool years, more specific sleep troubles can present themselves (bedwetting, night terrors, fear of the dark, etc), so it was easier to have chapters devoted specifically to possible solutions to these issues. I ...more
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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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