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

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,399 ratings  ·  190 reviews
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 answer is the same: The Sleepeasy Solution.

Psychotherapists and sleep specialists Jennifer and Jill, the dynamic "girlfriends" all of Hollywood calls on to solve Junior's
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Health Communications Inc (first published 2007)
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Nov 26, 2011 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
Aug 23, 2007 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 05, 2008 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
Feb 03, 2015 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.

Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting-stuff
Really good advice and encouragement in a concise and easy-to-read format for parents working on their children's sleep.

I'm taking off a star because of the authors' slant towards mothers being the primary caregiver of their kids. I understand some families work this way, either by choice or due to tradition. Even if yours has a much more active dad in the picture, ignore the bias and just take the information and suggestions.

With travels and a move on our horizon, I'll definitely go back to thi
Sarah Bliss
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This had been recommended to me by several fellow parents who had used it as a guide for successfully "sleep training" their babies. Of all the sleep resources available to exhausted parents, the consensus seemed to be that this one worked, so when we decided it was time to try to improve our baby's sleep habits, we decided to make this our bible. That was a good choice.

I read the first few chapters (which hold most of the key information) on a tough night, after a series of tough nights, when w
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-rearing, sleep
Sleep training is a battleground subject within the greater Mommy Wars. Is it cruel to let you child cry it out in any degree? Or is it the best way to healthier overall sleep for child and parent alike? Proponents of no-cry methods will obviously take issue with this book, but if you are already in the pro-sleep-training camp, I highly recommend this volume.

To my analytical mind, if you have decided sleep training is a necessary path, it makes most sense to take the difficult but short route r
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting concepts, some of which are worth trying. Not a lot of practical answers (probably because they want you to pay them for those). Really, really biased towards a husband and wife household where the child is in his nursery from day one (even though pediatric associations now recommend room sharing for the first 12 months).
Jillian Zimmerman
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I used this sleep training style with our son, and it was difficult at first but truly did work! Consistency is key! I would definitely recommend this book to new parents.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It worked for us and our baby boy is sleeping through the night, so 5 stars!
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book made me feel like I am doing everything wrong and many of the suggestions just aren't possible to implement with my preverbal infant. ...more
Hannah Jayne
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
very.. thorough.

who knows if it’s accurate. lots of claims of thousands of success stories! guess I’ll come back if I have problems, (with a child. i definitely have sleep problems.) because the solutions are such in-depth plans there’s no way to remember it all.
Chris Ortez
Nov 27, 2013 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 & I e
Mar 11, 2014 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 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
Jul 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: sleep-deprived parents of toddlers
Shelves: parenting
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. ...more
May 28, 2009 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. ...more
Mar 21, 2013 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.
George Nash
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This is another sleep book that basically pushes the Cry it out method of teaching you child to sleep. I am not against using CIO method. It was the only method that actually worked for me and my child.

Before reading this book my child was already going to sleep right at 7:30 with not trouble but would wake regularly through the night this basically meant that both me and my wife were not getting the sleep we needed.

The method used by this book is similar to the Ferber method of CIO. In an atte
Iris Lee
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I know every baby is different, and we‘re on day 4 of sleep training (so we’re not fully there yet), but this book has done wonders for our family. At 5.5 months, our baby would not go into the crib and had to be held/cosleep all night, and would still wake every 30-60 minutes and need to be rocked back to sleep. We honestly were at our wits end and doubted any sleep training would work for him. My pediatrician recommended this book to me, and though I was doubtful, I felt I needed some guidance ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020read
This book was a tremendous help in getting my 6mo to sleep on her own again. She'd started sleeping on her own at about 3 months, and through the night, but i knowingly fell into bad habits during her following growth spurt, and I didn't know how to get out of it. As soon as I read that there's no evidence of trauma after crying it out (and that "crying it out" doesn't mean leaving them to cry forever no matter what), I had the confidence, and enough knowledge, that I needed to get started. Just ...more
Joanna Martin
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know everyone is different and different methods work for different families, but this book 100% worked for us and I would recommend it to anyone trying to sleep train. My 8 month old had started waking up almost every hour just to pacify himself to sleep on me, he would not sleep without being super fussy, squirmy, and cried multiple times a night. The VERY FIRST NIGHT we began the steps in this book, he cried for about 45 min before falling asleep (around 8pm). THEN HE SLEPT ALL NIGHT UNTIL ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in the middle of what I think was a sleep regression. I needed a solution fast, and really appreciated how I only had to read about two chapters to understand the main points. Although this is essentially the cry it out method (not a fan) with designated check ins, I appreciated how the authors designated a section to crying and described is as a part of teaching your child the skill of sleeping. It managed to convince me to accept a little crying so as to not deprive my baby of ...more
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
I like this book more than other sleep books because it’s more realistic and flexible. I do think the information is good and actually quite validating as I was doing most of it instinctually before I even read it. However, I do think 4 months is too early to expect a full nights sleep. I tried night weaning per my son’s pediatrician’s recommendation and it made him wake up more frequently. From a developmental perspective, I think 6 months is more of a realistic expectation for longer sleep and ...more
Gregg Desmarais
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saved our lives!

This book literally saved our lives. After implementing the Sleep Easy Solution our 10 month old was sleeping through the night in 5 nights. After night 1 he was able to put himself to sleep with minimal crying. It was like a miracle...the sleep deprivation had really taken a toll on us. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their baby’s sleep habits. I only wish we read it sooner!
C. Patrick G. Erker
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
Very useful book for helping your little one get some rest. My wife and I are trying to get our little guy on a better sleeping schedule for everyone's sanity, and this book came highly recommended. It turns out that he's a bit young for these methods (he turned four months the day I finished it), but it's good to have read through it to get a sense of what works. No doubt we'll be returning to it, especially to the resources in the back of the book, if we decide to really ramp things up. ...more
Mar 04, 2021 rated it liked it
As with many of these, it's 50 pages of actual advice and a lot of padding. But the section on the mistakes you can make is very good and clear, and it's useful to have a reference point for what matters and what doesn't. Could really use an update to account for new information on best practices since it was written (esp. related to SIDS) and the tone is pretty annoying. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so will reserve final judgments until later. ...more
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I decided to read this book after seeing all the rave reviews and proclamations about how it helped get their child into a sleep pattern. I haven't had my baby yet so I can't say whether the advice given worked or not but I thought it was very clearly and straightforwardly explained with plenty of practical examples. I also liked the strong focus on the importance of the parents' wellbeing and the reminders for the mother and father to take time for themselves. ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Much more comprehensive than the other books I read. However, they don't have the guts to call their plan the "cry-it-out" method, which it is. Which I'm not against. I just feel that if you're certain that it works, why try to hide it?

There's also a lot of repetition. I feel like half of the book could be dispensed with. But that may have been the publisher's decision and not theirs.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, parenting
I appreciated that this book was easy to read and had specific steps. It also answers almost all of my questions. It was also the first thing that helped me get naps in order, as everything I read prior was too general. This book gave me the confidence to figure out a sleep schedule for my family.
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