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Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber
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Apr 03, 12

Read in November, 2011

First, regardless of your views on sleep training and training methods, this book includes a lot of useful general information about sleep and does this better than other books, including Sears. This version supposedly includes a more rigorous treatment of nap problems than previous versions, but I found his solutions to be vague and fall short of promises. If you actually read this book, you'll see that Ferber's method isn't what is depicted in the media; you don't shut your kid away to cry for hours and cause irreparable damage to their brain and personality; I'm a scientist, this isn't what the scientific journal articles conclude anyway.

We tried a modified version of the Ferber method at our pediatrician's recommendation after no-cry tries resulted in a lot of crying, way too many sleepless nights, and an unhealthy exhausted baby. After day two with Ferber, our son went from waking every 90 min to sleeping 7 hours straight. It was tough to hear him cry between our comforting (I cried a lot too), but it ended up being for his own good. This may not be for everyone, but it worked for us.
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