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Helping Baby Sleep

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Child development specialists (and mothers) Anni Gethin, PhD, and Beth Macgregor challenge the wisdom of the popular “cry it out” philosophy and instead advocate a responsive parenting approach during the day and at night. Mining the latest scientific research, the authors show parents how to practice gentle bedtime techniques that respect a baby’s neurological and ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Celestial Arts (first published 2009)
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Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very different sort of sleep book. This book is a heavily evidence-based approach to helping babies sleep. It demonstrates the problems inherent in sleep training programs (cry it out, Ferberizing, controlled comforting, etc.) and the damage they can cause to baby's brain development, emotional development, and relationships with parents. Instead, it presents what is truly "normal" to expect in terms of baby's sleep, night wakings, etc. and what can be done in a more gentle way to respond to ...more
For a book called "Helping Baby Sleep", it doesn't spend a lot of time on the title subject. Mostly an argument against sleep training programs, some basic techniques for gentle sleep work are included, but the focus is on what not to do rather than what you can do. Advice on keeping calm and making sure you, as the parent, are in a good space is an inclusion more parenting books should include, however, like many other parenting books, this one is about how you are probably doing things the ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting-books
Ok, I've read quite a few sleep books so far, just to make sure I'm not missing anything! Each time I read one I come to the conclusion, yet again, that there is not much I can do to improve my child's sleep patterns that I'm not already doing. While I enjoyed this book and it made me feel more confident about my gentle approach to sleep, I didn't get any groundbreaking info:-) if you don't want to let your baby cry it out and/or you do some version of co-sleeping, this book will make you feel ...more
Stephanie Shaw
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby
Excellent book about the importance of responsive parenting. Good information about meeting your child's emotional needs. Only downside is that the authors don't spend much time talking about gentle ways to help baby get better sleep! Still worth a read!
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I very much agree with the viewpoints the authors shared and appreciate their research and helpful tips.
Emily Biolsi
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A breath of fresh air

After reading other sleep books that preached sleep training and discouraged nursing baby to sleep, I was left worrying I was doing everything wrong. My 9 week old sleeps well with support, but was I setting her up to be unable to sleep in her own? Should I already be trying to wean her off my soothing comfort? I suddenly found myself stressing her sleeping when I hadn't thought it problematic before. It was a gift to read this heavily research-based book which supported the
Talked a lot abt why scream it out method sucks. Wish there was more practical info here for me.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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So, I know that this is a bit different then my usual reviews. But, I do read other types of books. Plus, I am not sure if I talked about it here yet, but I am 8.5 month pregnant right now. So, I am reading some parenting books and such to try and get ready for one of the biggest challenges of my life. I ordered a few books from the library and this was a place I started.

This book started out with why they suggest the version that they do and research they have again the opposite of what they
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
I wish I'd found this book a year ago. At this point, with Redding almost 15 months old, it just confirms for us why we're doing things the way we're doing them. I would recommend it to new parents. Not a lot of pointers, but a lot of affirmation and support for those who are doing attachment parenting, breastfeeding and following their instincts.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to JQ by: Only sleep book on shelf at library
It was a nice read but won't help get the baby to sleep. I thought "Happiest Baby on the Block" was more helpful for actual techniques but this book has a place. It is full of statistics and studies that will help give parents a realistic view of how their baby should be sleeping.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
was more of an argument against "cy-it-out" than providing alternative means of putting baby to sleep. wouldn't recommend if your looking for methods to put baby to sleep. would recommend if you want arguments or guilt for using the ferber method
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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loved chapter #3
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it
few practical strategies. Mostly focusses on presenting evidence and discussing argument against controlled crying
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