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Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night's Sleep

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  652 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Right after "Is it a boy or a girl?" and "What's his/her name?," the next question people invariably ask new parents is "Are you getting any sleep?" Unfortunately, the answer is usually "Not much." In fact, studies show that approximately 25% of young children experience some type of sleep problem and, as any bleary-eyed parent will attest, it is one of the most difficult ...more
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Published March 15th 2005 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1997)
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Aug 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: child-care
This is absolutely not the way I want to teach my child to sleep. I will paraphrase one sentence that really stuck with me and made me close the book immediately and leave it by the door to return it to the library: you want your child to learn that crying is not worth his while because it won't make you comfort him. Never in a million years would I take this approach! I subscribe to the belief that babies cry to convey their needs and not to manipulate their parents. If he wants comfort, why sh ...more
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting
I only read the sections that I felt pertained to my daughter at 5 months. The section about bedrooms, bedtimes, and bedtime routines was useful. Most of the suggestions, consistent routine, same time, a lovey, were things I already had going. The idea of negative and positive sleep associations is helpful. Negative sleep associations are anything that would require a parent to assist the baby in falling asleep (rocking, nursing, singing, cuddling, etc.) Positive associations are things that wou ...more
May 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to bernadette by: pediatrican
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
This book has a lot of the same suggestions as Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child but is much more organized and focused on giving advice on how to deal with specific sleep issues; HSHHC gave a lot more information on what was happening with baby biologically when she's tired or sleeping. STTN is much more helpful in trying to form a plan when faced with several sleep issues, identifying which issues are best to work with first such as focusing on bedtime rather than naptimes, etc. Mindell does r ...more
4 stars – Parenting

I’m not sure how helpful or applicable the sleep training methodology will be, but I really liked the detailed information and practical advice on behavioral management.
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was at a friend and fellow mother's house yesterday, bemoaning the fact that my 8-month old doesn't sleep through the night - ever - and she told me about this book and let me borrow it. I've read a fair amount of parenting/sleeping books in my almost 3 years as a parent, but had never heard of this one. After reading it in a day (although I did skip over the parts that don't apply to us), I'm convinced that this may, in fact, be the best book about getting your child to sleep. Nothing in it w ...more
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty burnt out on infant sleep as a subject in general but I do like this one. It incorporates breastfeeding as more than an afterthought and is more realistic than other things I've read. Nothing earth shattering here but definitely a balanced and nurturing approach that is sensitive to how the parent responds and how different babies may respond. Not a one size fits all approach that so many other books provide.
Hannah Notess
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Upgrading my review to five stars because you know why? This is one of the only baby sleep books that actually addresses parents' mental health as if it's worth thinking about in the baby sleep discussion. I found that incredibly helpful at the time (which I can barely remember due to sleep deprivation).
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marriage-family
Jodi Mendell helped save my household from an enormous amount of potential frustration. Her deliberate but sensitive approach to sleep and sleep training for families with young children was much needed. With her help my wife and I were able to hash out a game plan to work a more intentional sleep schedule into our household. And we did it! Not without some struggles and not perfectly, but still, what a help this was. After 3 or 4 nights of sleep training my daughter was much more comfortable in ...more
After listening to Jodi Mindell on the One Bad Mother podcast, I decided to get her book. As this is a topic I have read and heard about before, I found myself skimming a bunch here; but I think these sorts of books are made to skim, with easily trackable topics. So, let's say, you have a newborn, you can skip all the stuff about toddlers; or if you have a night owl, you can skip the section on early risers.

Whatever you skip, you'll find the message the same throughout the book: it's up to you,
Nov 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents who need sleep
Shelves: parenting
This is the BEST sleep book in my opinion (and there are many out there). Jodi Mindell provides a lot of information about the science of sleep and its extreme importance for babies and growing children. She does not suscribe to radical theories, though she does endorse some elements of the cry-it-out approach if other methods do not work. Some parents dislike this book because they perceive it to be a "sleep training" manual, but I view it more as sleep guidance because her tone and approach is ...more
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This along with a few others really helped me to sleep train my kids. If I could only pick one sleep book, though, it would be this one.
Dana Bolink
Sleeping Through the Night by Jodi A. Mindell Ph.D. is an informative read and good reference book, but it lacks true scientific support for some of the facts and many of the advises given in the book.

The book cover promises parents help to make their baby, toddler or child fall asleep on their own and thereby sleeping through the night, providing parents with - often much needed - rest. And it does, more or less. Mindell starts of with some basic explanations about sleep and the difference betw
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most helpful and practical books I read as a new Mom, and it was easy to read. I highly recommend it to just about anyone who is looking for a practical and realistic method for sleep-training your babies. I’ve used it with both my kids, basically from the time they were born, and they both slept through the night by 8 weeks!
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I appreciate the guidelines in bedtime routines and consistency, but the "letting them cry it out" strategy seems too dated. I was hoping for a more modern approach that doesn't involve weeks of listening to a 4 month old sobbing. Overall, allowing children to fall asleep on their own is the goal; I'm just not convinced this is the method that will work for us.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading and re-reading this book since 2014 when my first son was born, through even now as my almost 3-year-old develops new sleep issues. Every time I consult this book, I fix an issue. Highly recommend!
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Again, a few helpful hints here and there but nothing earth shattering. You just have to survive until baby figures out their own sleep schedule-- you can help it along a bit but not much.
Dang Nhung
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
This book is too academic for new mom n dad. I had to skip to key points related to my new born's sleeping problem.
Oct 09, 2012 added it
this book contradicted itself quite a few times: dont share a room after 3 months, its okay for them to share a room with siblings, don't go to them at night, go to them at night.... frustrating!!!

sleep begets sleep. earlier bedtime solves sleep issues often.
stationary sleep in crib is best.
at 6 months, they can sleep through the night without eating.

6 weeks - 3 months: help them develop their own soothing strategies. walk, don't run to them. establish sleep schedule, bedtime routine, and put do
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when Braden was about 3-4 months old. He cried all the time and we realized it was because he was tired. It was so hard to get him to fall asleep! This book was a life saver! It had about the same information as the popular book Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child but it was way easier to read. I learned that a lot of babies have to learn how to fall asleep on their own. I also learned that most infants are tired after being awake for 2 hours which helped us know when to put him ...more
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenthood
I read this as a preventative measure; my daughter is six weeks old and we co-sleep, but eventually we'll transition to her own room and her own bed, and I want that transition to be as gentle for all of us as possible. I do recognize there will be some tears, as there are daily tears with the wee ones, and I do know that I need some resolve when it comes to discipline (after a few years of teaching high school and a few years of teaching college, I have had a steep learning curve in this depart ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: babby
It seems as though the author wrote this book with all of my parenting advice pet peeves in mind.

1) 'A recent study showed...' What study? Who conducted it? How large was the dataset? What did their statistical model look like? It is no longer acceptable to fail to cite sources in a book which relies on 'science' for its credibility!

2) 'Unverifiable and unsupported assertion stated as incontrovertible fact', e.g. 'Babies over three months of age can get all the nutrition they need during the day
Jeanine Mills
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
As always with parenting books, I feel some was helpful and some was not. This one I read as my newborn was on my lap. I was anxious about sleep as my older daughter had problems sleeping and through reading this book (like the ones I read as a first time parent) I learned that it is all my fault. Now there are lots of strategies and things I can do to help make it better, but essentially its all my fault. So that's fun. It was good to read ahead and have a plan of action in mind with my second ...more
Jul 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
When baby doesn't get any sleep, no body gets any sleep. Wish I had read this before the baby was born to establish good sleeping habits from day one. A & I started sleep training the bambino around 3.5 months and found this book to be helpful, humane, supportive, and realistic about expectations and difficulty involved. Presents modified cry-it-out, stressing parent's comfort level with child's distress but also encouraging putting baby to bed awake. Sort of worked for us for a few months, ...more
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've recommended this book to several families that I've worked with in a professional capacity and recently picked it up again to come up with a plan for helping my own infant sleep. The book provides a good overview about sleep basics so that parents can knowledgeably implement the recommendations and problem-solve when there is a bump in the road. What I like most about the book is that the main sleep training strategy, the "basic bedtime method," is described and that the author offers sever ...more
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
My four month old was waking up 3 to 4 times a night needing a lot of soothing to get back to sleep. We usually just brought him into our bed so we could get some sleep. He was also taking a lot of short naps, 30 to 45 minutes. Not good for him or us.

A co-worker of my husband's gave us this book and I read it in one night. I thought the plan made sense so we started it the next day. Just like the book says, the first few nights are rough. Lots of crying at bedtime! I did pick my son up to soothe
Dec 14, 2018 added it
Of the many baby sleep books, pamphlets and websites that I have read, this is the one that I've found suits me best and is most helpful, mainly because of its psychology research-based approach, rather than the pure anecdotal advice that a lot of these books take. It's also the only one I've read that addresses the effects of a baby's poor sleep on parent mental health and relationship with more than a cursory aside, and has specific sections on adult sleep issues as well. Equally, it recognise ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read for a book bingo under the category: A self-help book. This is a sleep training book for babies, and it is definitely more helpful and less fluffy than other "how to" books on babies.
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
My pediatrician recommended this book at our six month appointment and I feel like I should send her a thank you note!! We started the book's method a week ago and Rylie's sleep has really improved. While she is not sttn yet, I feel confident that she will in the coming months. The book has a "gentle cry-it-out" philosophy, which I never believed I would use CIO, ever!! But in desperation, we tried it one night and we got 25 minutes of fussing, and then she went to sleep on here own!! The next n ...more
Emily Jones
May 28, 2012 rated it it was ok

Started reading this during my pregnancy. Since giving birth 4 months ago and becoming entrenched in all things baby, I've come to discover what speaks to my heart as a parent. The cry it out method sounded reasonable before I knew better. Now it seems counterintuitive and cruel. Babies put their trust in us wholeheartedly! They cry for a reason! I don't look at raising my child in the same frame as raising a dog, so there will be no "training" going on here. Also the author discussed never nur
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
Although this book focuses more on how to approach your child's sleep after the four-month mark (less helpful with my two-month-old), I still found it useful and appreciated the author's reasoned, practical approach. I like that she doesn't view sleep training as an all-or-nothing proposition, but explains the consequences of developing bad habits. I have the feeling I will revisit this book as my peanut ages and new issues arise. Although it didn't magically make him sleep through the night (ye ...more
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