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Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old: A Step-By-Step Plan for Baby Sleep Success

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,257 ratings  ·  182 reviews
There is no bigger issue for healthy infants than sleeping through the night. In this simple, straightforward book, Suzy Giordano presents her amazingly effective "Limited- Crying Solution" that will get any baby to sleep for twelve hours at night—and three hours in the day—by the age of twelve weeks old.

Giordano is the mother of five children and one of the most sought-af
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Tarcherperigee (first published January 19th 2006)
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Stacy Handlin yep! It's been giving me tools to get my babies to sleep and they are almost sleeping 12 hours at 16 weeks (12 weeks adjusted for 1 month premature) t…moreyep! It's been giving me tools to get my babies to sleep and they are almost sleeping 12 hours at 16 weeks (12 weeks adjusted for 1 month premature) they are twins.(less)

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Mayya Medved
Dec 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read this book pretty quickly, while my 4 month old took naps on me throughout the day... clearly I need a sleep training book— however this was not the one. Here are some issues I had with it starting with the worst:
- there is ZERO research cited. The only thing she bases the information of off is her 10 years of experience. While 10 years is a long time, it doesn’t actually mean her methods are correct.
-She does not take AAP recommendations into account and recommends things that directly G
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Ian G
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
EASILY THE BEST ADVICE TO GET YOUR BABY TO SLEEP!!!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!! Our first baby is 4 weeks old, and just barely hit 9 lbs (the minimum to start training). We did as the book instructed and were easily able to spread his day feedings to 4 hours apart (4 times/day). We kept him awake between the third and last feeding and that first night he slept for 7 hours (8pm-3am) then fed, and then slept till 8am!!! (The previous night he fed 3 times.) And he is still eating a TON of bre ...more
Shawna
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, parenting, 2009
This book is awesome. Short, concise, easy to read--exactly what anyone with a newborn is looking for in a how-to book. My daughter is six weeks old today and is already sleeping 7 to 8 hours straight after her one and only night feeding (she's been on this schedule for over a week now). During the day she eats every 4 hours. I feel like I have enough "free time" to accomplish what I need to get done (like playing around on goodreads!) and yet I get to spend so much quality time with my little g ...more
Michelle
May 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Dislike! There is no way you can force a baby to stay on such a strict schedule and not expect them to scream. Feedings every four hours is impossible unless you expect a baby to scream the whole time. I did not agree with this philosophy at all!
Lisa Fetterman
Dec 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book is fucked up. It should be re-titled "How To Break Your Baby's Will by Twelve Weeks." The methods are draconian and not intuitive at all and the author narrates with a cultist fascist tone that preys on sleep deprived parents who have been beaten into submission. Yes, I hear it "works" but to get there you have to take a Machiavellian strategy that might leave your home a scorched earth.
Lauren
Feb 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
Too strict to implement - I think it would affect most breastfed babies milk supply, and 12 weeks is just too young for babies to cry as much as is recommended in this book!
Lisa
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
The book's theory is interesting. And the theory seems like it would work. Feed your baby only every 4 hours during the day so that they eat more than they would every 2-3 hours. Delay feedings by bouncing, playing, distracting, etc. Then your baby will get all the calories it needs during the day to go 12 hours at night without food. Only 4 feedings a day, is what the book recommends. In practice I dont see this working for me or my family, especially while nursing. Could my supply be maintaine ...more
Mr. Gottshalk
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
An informative, no-nonsense take on getting babies into a routine. One thing I learned is that parents have to be strong and dictate sleep/eat/play, not the other way around. A habit takes three days to form and seven days to break is another good thing to remember. I would recommend this book to any parent with a baby who wants some peace and quiet in their lives! Yes, babies can sleep 12 hours a night!
Jenna
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
not entirely practical, especially for breast-feeding moms.
Naura
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
It’s not natural for a 12 week old to sleep 12 hours straight, nor realistic to ‘train’ them with such a strict schedule! I will take these tips when my baby is developmentally ready to sleep through the night and have only 2 naps a day.
Hannah
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is short and right to the point. I found it informative and easy to follow. We will see how effective this is for our family.

Update: This book helped us get our son to stop snacking during the day and night and eventually eat bigger meals during the day. The approach does favor pumping over breastfeeding but that worked well for us because we were already pumping so my partner could help with feedings (and I am a data person so I loved charting how much he ate). We started the process
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Cami
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not very realistic for breastfeeding moms.
Kristin
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good techniques listed out in here. Don’t think we will try the entire approach (our pediatrician recommended we keep a nighttime feed because the babies are still so small) but it’s always good to have new tools and ideas. Audiobook however sounded like a computer generated voice yikes.
Brandon Henke
I NEED SLEEP +_+;;ZZzzz
Jamie-Lynn Marie
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seems very practical. Keeping fingers crossed this will work for my baby.
Heather Kolm
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend this book to new & old moms & dads. ...more
Jenn
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
quick read for someone who just had a baby and thought it was a good idea to learn about this stuff after the baby was born but the tips were not practical for me... they would make a suggestion but not explain how to do it. also, everyone I know with kids + my pediatrician says you can't sleep train the baby until ~4 months so I struggled believing a lot of this.
Derrick
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a Godsend to us!
Anyone who has a newborn and has gone through sleep depravity knows how difficult those first few months can be. So to be able to get our baby to sleep close to 12 hours a night felt like a miracle.
It took us a little longer than 12 weeks (approximately 15 weeks for us), but we didn't complain. It worked, and that's all that mattered.

I noticed many of the poor reviews were people that didn't "THINK" this would work.
How can you give a book (or an idea/method) such a
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Trish Sanders
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are some great tips and this book. The general concept is to feed the baby every four hours during the day and gradually reduce their milk intake at night. I found that weaning him off at night caused very little discomfort since the process was very gradual. He did seem to do better when fed more often during the day, whenever he was hungry so I did not follow the four hour rule as suggested. If a baby is screaming they're hungry I can't understand not feeding them. I also think swaddling ...more
Catharine
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Though I didn't start in time to get twelve hours sleep by twelve weeks, this book helped me take a 13 week old who was waking about 5 times a night to a 16 week old waking once a night. Perhaps I would get the twelve hour result if I followed it to the letter, but I wasn't willing to only feed my son every four hours during the day and not at all at night for a total of 4 feedings every 24 hours. The book really outlines in detail the steps and I found incremental progress every day following i ...more
Jessica Potts
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't actually completed this sleep method yet, so I can't say that it works. BUT... the concept is excellent, and it has fabulous tips that are already working wonders in my daughter's schedule. I love Giordano's points about making the baby fit into your life rather than changing everything to fit the baby. Hopefully I can get my little one sleeping 12 hours by 12 weeks old; I'm optimistic because this book came highly recommended by someone that had success with the method. Even if that d ...more
Paige
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Disclaimer: I just read this book today and have not yet implemented any of its ideas. This approach was recommended to me by multiple trusted friends. I already like this book for being SHORT and SIMPLE! It seems like the key to putting a baby on a schedule is using their current patterns as a starting point, then gradually nudging them toward the schedule. So if they are eating a lot during the night, you gradually reduce the amount they're eating until they no longer get hungry and wake up in ...more
Heather
Nov 02, 2010 rated it liked it
I think this would work pretty well if you exclusively bottle feed, but otherwise I don't think it's a realistic plan. There is no way my little one will go four hours between feeds and there are too many steps, I feel stressed out just reading it. I gave it 3 stars because I will take some of the ideas and use them once she's older.
Reta
Aug 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Liked the book, but didn't really follow the steps because my baby was already sleeping through the night. I would still recommend for new moms to try out, but my first recommendation on baby sleep will ALWAYS be On Becoming Babywise!!!
Cassie
I will rate this book after I try out the author's method!

Update: This method did not work for us, but I'm still giving it a two star rating because some of what she says is helpful.
Leah
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't agree with a lot that's written in this book, and some advice goes directly against the AAP's guidelines to prevents SIDS. At the very end omg the book, she does mention recently updated guidelines, but it's barely an afterthought and she doesn't seem to take these recommendations seriously. I think there is a lot wrong with this method, which basically puts lengthy sleep hours and scheduling above the health and safety of your baby. After reading 40 pages, I wanted to put it down and wr ...more
E Hella
Mar 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Look, I love sleep training. We helped our older child fall asleep independently by 4 months old and had him sleeping through the night between 6 &7 months old. He napped until he was 3.5 years old, and he sleeps 11.5 hours a night. I picked up this book in preparation for another baby- to brush up on the newborn phase- and wow, this book is horrible.

There are no actual sleep strategies listed, the whole program is about having the baby drink a certain number of ounces at particular times of da
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Sheila Moran
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When my best friends gave me this book with my first pregnancy, she said, "I give you the gift of sleep." She was right! This method is tried and true. My best friend used this method on her three children and all three slept 12 hours a night at around 8 weeks old. I did Giordano's method with my two children, and both were sleeping twelve hours a night by 8 weeks old. They are now 4 and 2 and are awesome sleepers still, thanks to this book. They put themselves to sleep every night and during na ...more
George Nash
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
What I really like about this book is that it gets right down to the advice without a lot of running around. I have completed two other books that also have some really great advice but they take forever to give you any advice. This book is fast and right to the point.

I have heard from a sleep coach that this is not the most respected book. I think the reason for this is that her book seems too strict.

The book makes a lot of assumptions. Biggest being that you are following what it tells you wit
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S
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Picked up this book after seeing Eva Chen's experience with Suzy Giordano via Instagram stories. I've heard/read much of the advice presented in forums/parenting groups. There is sound advice about having the baby adjust to your family's schedule instead of adapting to the baby. However, it's extremely difficult to implement the baby sleep plan if you are exclusively breastfeeding. There is a chapter that scientifically justifies a core tenet of the plan- feeding an infant every 4 hours, because ...more
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