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The Baby Sleep Solution: A Proven Program to Teach Your Baby to Sleep Twelve Hours Anight

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  263 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Suzy Giordano, affectionately known as "The Baby Coach," shares her highly effective sleep-training method in this step-by-step guide to let both baby and parent enjoy long, peaceful nights. Full of common sense and specific tips, the Baby Coach's plan offers time- and family-tested techniques to help any baby up to the age of 18 months who has trouble sleeping through the ...more
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Published December 5th 2006 by Perigee Books
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Kyle Pennekamp
May 04, 2013 Kyle Pennekamp rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At this stage, for a parent of a 16-month-old... worthless. Simplistic. Either this author has never had a kid, or was a real asshole to their own.
Phil Jensen
Apr 07, 2014 Phil Jensen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
At first, I read this book as a piece of awkward, foolish, unintentional comedy. I read the really bad parts out loud to my wife and sarcastically suggested that we try them. Then, I looked at the Amazon reviews and discovered that people had actually harmed their children by using Giordano's terrible, terrible ideas. It's not so funny, now.

Suffice it to say that your natural instincts are correct and that you can trust your baby's body to cue you to their needs much more than you can trust this
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Stephanie
This theory is basically: Stick to a STRICT schedule; feed baby 4x a day, four hours apart, for 30 minutes each; two naps: one in the morning, one in the afternoon; put them to bed awake, leave the room. Go in if they are still crying after 3 mins, help them settle again, do it over again. Don't pick them up, don't feed them. She says it will take 3 days for new babies, and 7 for older babies and they will be sleeping 12 hours a night. I am not sure about feeding a baby (especially an infant) on ...more
Erika
Jul 12, 2016 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise seems easy enough. I just feel like some babies will do things when they are ready, not when they are trained and especially not at such a young age. Going to give it a go, since this is the second book I've read that has suggested spacing out day time feedings to four hours in between each one.
Kris Tastic
Apr 29, 2016 Kris Tastic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
i think the teachings of this book are borderline dangerous. as a parent i absolutely do not recommend any of the advice this author suggests. i feel that any medial professional would disagree with this book as well.

i find that this book is more about a parent being selfish than trying to help an infant. Yes, sleep training is important, but withholding food from a baby less than 12 weeks old to suit YOUR schedule- you have to be kidding me!!!! putting your t shirt in an infants crib is a majo
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Nicole
Sep 03, 2015 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: momming
This book seemed great until I experienced the joy and physiological rightness of bed sharing. It feels so right!
Jenn Archibald
Apr 07, 2015 Jenn Archibald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm writing strictly on the writing as I haven't sleep trained my newborn son yet. If this theory works, I'll give it 5 stars.

The writing is easy to read. Great for a sleep deprived new mom. The concept seems pretty simple. Mainly create a rigid routine. Being an elementary school teacher, kids thrive with routine. Suzy's view is that the parents run the show not the child. I will say I've observed many children who run the roost during my years of teaching. This book gives you the tools/sugges
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Steve
Dec 10, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some friends recommended this to my wife and I. They could not say enough about how great it worked for both of their kids. We followed it to the letter and it worked amazingly. 3 couples that we recommended it to tried applying only parts of this training program but had little success as it is not just a list of suggestions but a process where steps build on each other. For example, one of the steps is spacing out the daytime feeding to every 4 hours with the goal of the child only feeding in ...more
Martine
Dec 17, 2012 Martine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to my friends. It was a really quick read and helped a lot. I started the book when my son was four months old. Within a couple of weeks he was sleeping through the night from 8pm to 8am with a 1 hour nap at 10:00 and a 2 hour nap at 1:00 (he has always been an easy baby though). It's a great book to help you and reassure yourself that you aren't harming your baby by letting him cry for 5 minutes before going in and checking on him. I couldn't do the Ferber method of ...more
Kylene
Jun 21, 2011 Kylene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how to rate this book. I loved that it was a super quick read and her methods are simple to understand. However my baby only meets 2 of the 3 requirements in order to start the training. So since I can't start the training, I can't rate the book. I'll update when we get to that point. I have to admit I am skeptical as this book does seem harsh on babies. But then again it would be so nice to be on a predictable schedule.

6/27/11:
Okay, so I'm re-rating this book, but keeping it at 3 s
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Michaela Renee
Jul 15, 2011 Michaela Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, easy to read, book that takes a lot of hodge podge internet websites on "sleeping strategies" and actually puts some clout to a decent game plan. A lot of the ideas that Suzy shares I had heard from various Mommys, or read on blogs and magazine articles. She gives the "why" behind it and takes the wonder out of the game.

From the moment we brought my baby home, we were a "no shush" household. People immediately wanted to whisper and we said, "talk and bang all you want, crank up the mu
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Juliann
Nov 12, 2013 Juliann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book by a my best friend and Mom of two whom it worked for.

My son is post colic when I started at 9 weeks. He met all the requirements set forth by the author. Pluses: The 4 hour feedings actually helped his gas so much and he seemed happier without all the gas.

Negatives: It did NOT work for me though. He cried and the more I went in, the more he cried. He did not nap well either. As much as I weaned his feedings down, he woke up in the morning hungry (and we aren't supposed to
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Mallory
Jun 28, 2014 Mallory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, families
It worked! What more can I really say? The take home points of this book for me were to get down baby's eating schedule first - 4 feedings a day, and slowly cut out any night time feedings. Once that is done, focus on getting baby down to two naps a day - 1 hour in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. The next step is the most difficult - putting baby to sleep when he is drowsy but still awake, and helping him to learn to put himself to sleep. It took us a solid month of baby crying and get ...more
Sarah
Jul 28, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Very approachable, easy-to-read book. I liked the author's ideas, but the kind of discipline it would take to implement them is what makes me a little leery. My baby won't be born for a few months, but I remember the sleep-deprived haze from my son very well, and I think this book likely relies on some serious self discipline to stick to the program. I may try parts of it when my baby is born.
Jessica Bridge
This effectively outlines the sleep training in which you allow the baby to "cry it out" in five minute increments. It was easy to read, just doesn't really align with my parenting style. The biggest thing I took away from this book was to try to keep the baby awake in the late afternoon hours. He is still not sleeping through the night, but he does have his longest stretch of sleep when he first goes down for the night. I don't think these strategies coincide well with breastfeeding. She briefl ...more
Manoela Cano
Got my baby to sleep a little bit longer, but definitely not 12 hrs every night!! Lack of sleep during the day actually made my baby sleep worse during the night!! Not all baby's sleep patterns and needs are the same...The book did help set my baby on a feeding schedule and stop nighttime feedings, though.
LisaH
Sep 29, 2010 LisaH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to LisaH by: my neighbor who raved about it
The author claims that if you follow her book, your baby will be eating 4 times during the day, taking 2 naps during the day, and sleeping 12 hours at night by the time they are 12 weeks old. The rigid schedule seems like it would be hard on the babies, but I'm willing to try it out to see if my daughter does well with it. The book takes the process one little step at a time so it seems doable. The author recommends starting the training when your baby is about 8 weeks old and says that it is ea ...more
Darcy
May 15, 2014 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a breeze to read (which was good given my limited attention span due to sleep deprivation prior to implementing these techniques. Had come highly recommended and I can see why - the methods work!
Heather
Jul 25, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a quick read (2 hrs front to back) and the process is easy to follow and it provides example schedules. William had no problem getting sleep trained. He even did very well for the week we were at my parent's place and out of his norm. This really works!! And it's easy to do, and painless for you and your baby.


And although this process is intended for young infants (12 wks old), you can use it for babies up to 18 months old. I actually think it was probably easier to train an almost
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Elena
Sep 27, 2015 Elena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elena by: Katrine Smith
Shelves: borrowed
I read a lot of positive reviews about this book and was exhausted from waking up at night so I gave it a try. This did not work for my baby at all. She hated the schedule and made it more difficult for both of us. I found myself stressing out more. So I decided to go back to feeding her whenever she wanted and it got better. I am willing to give this book another try though (maybe if my baby keeps waking up when she is older or maybe with another baby since all babies are different.) Even thoug ...more
Rachel
Sep 04, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting-etc
This isn't an amazing book or anything, but I gave it 3 (maybe 4--couldn't decide) stars because it seems to do what it reports to do, help your child sleep 12 hours at night. It is a very quick read and has easy to follow steps that are great for the tired parent. It doesn't go into the deep details of sleep which many sleep books do, but I don't think educating on sleep was her goal of this book. The method of getting your child to sleep 12 hours is a little different than what I prefer (not t ...more
Doug
Jun 13, 2012 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The basic premise, which is true with most baby books: find a good schedule and stick with it. We really liked this book for the following reasons and would gladly recommend it to other parents:
1. Short, easy to read, and filled with practical examples
2. Flexible. Rigid enough to create a schedule, but flexible enough to make allowances or exceptions to certain practices or occasional breaks in the schedule (unlike some of the uncompromising routine books it there).
3. Very useful for parents of
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Jen
Jun 23, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good nuggets
Bianca
Aug 18, 2009 Bianca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seems easy and logical enough of a plan. I haven't tried to break Kai of his middle of the night wake-up/feeding because so far he seems to be making his own schedule, which is working. He only gets up once, sometimes twice, in the middle of the night. I think that at 2.5 months that's pretty good. I don't want to jinx it by trying to implement this plan yet. If it doesn't work out this is the one I'll use for sure. Seems like a winner and one we can follow with success.
Ashley Katsuyama
This book worked for one of my friends, so I decided to give it a read and see what the methods looked like. Personally, I think it is a major mistake to try and get a young baby (2 months) to go to a 4-hour schedule. My son didn't move to one until he was 5 months. I would caution most mothers who are breastfeeding that limiting feedings in this way could have significant effects on your supply.
Robin
Jul 07, 2012 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really feel like this book was written for people formula feeding their babies. I do not see how you can realistically get a breastfed baby to eat only four times a day unless you are pumping and bottle feeding only. There was a lot of other good advice in it though about soothing your baby and helping them learn to self-sooth and fall asleep on their own.
Juli
Jul 23, 2012 Juli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, easy read with practical, no-nonsense advice. I could very well increase my star rating depending on how well baby #3 takes to the advised strategies in the upcoming weeks/months. However, I currently remain a little dubious. My primary complaint is that I feel like Giordano's "sleep solution" is best suited to exclusively bottle-fed babies.
Olga Tytsyak
Jun 30, 2013 Olga Tytsyak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of other books on this subject I read, this one is the best. It is an easy and fast read as the author promises, which is especially great for busy parents. The philosophy does make sense and the approach is practical. I am trying the method out with my 5 months old and I have confidence that it will work. I would recommend this book.
Monece
Sep 09, 2011 Monece rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
3rd baby and 3rd method of sleep training. This one felt the most natural and kind to us both. Plus, in my sleep deprived state I easily read the book in an hour and implemented it within a few days. Brilliant. She was not lying that night 2 or 3 is the worst so buckle down for a long one and to always remember to NOT TAKE STEPS BACK.
Tavia
Sep 01, 2008 Tavia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The "schedules" outlined in this book will only work on some children. I don't think they are for everyone and therefore, doesn't provide realistic solutions for every sleep deprived parent. Every child is different and I think it's more important to respond to the child rather than create their schedule for them.
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