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Good Night Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady's Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep, Stay Asleep, and Wake Up Happy

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,046 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
Kim West has worked one-on-one with thousands of people in more than ten years of private practice. Her amazing success with getting kids to sleep has led her clients to dub her The Sleep Lady. Good Night, Sleep Tight outlines Kim’s proven two-week technique in easy-to-follow language, featuring case studies that give readers real-life examples of the sleep roadblocks chil ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published January 10th 2006 by Vanguard Press (first published 2005)
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May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Caroline!
People, all I need to say is: my baby has been sleeping glorious 8-9 hour stretches and putting himself to sleep in ten minutes without me even needing to be in the room AND without our family having to suffer through a cry-it-out technique. Thanks, Sleep Lady!

This book was listed on a handout from our pediatrician as a gentle alternative for giant hippies like us who can't hack the Ferber or Mindell methods, and I really appreciated how much time West spent reassuring parents about how her appr
Oct 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: baby
This book is made of 3 parts. The first (p. 1- 50) is the foundation of her system, excerpts of which can be found below. The second, (p. 53-236), is age specific advice and solutions which are organized as follows: Newborn to Five Months, Six to Eight Months, Nine to Twelve Months, Thirteen to Eighteen Months, One and a Half to Two and Half Years Old, and Two and a Half to Five Years Old. The third (p. 239-334) discusses Co-sleeping and the Family Bed; Twins and Siblings; Nightmares Sleepwalkin ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After reading "Baby Whisperer" and "Baby Wise" and having no success getting my child to sleep on his own, I finally went to the library and found this book. BEST BOOK EVER. It helped me to get my 15 month old to go to sleep on his own, and the best part was that I didn't have to walk out of his room and let him cry. I hated that part. I always felt so mean and guilty. In this book, it gives you "The Sleep Lady Shuffle." It allows you to stay in the room and to be with your child as he/she cries ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Any book that gets my baby to go from waking to eat 3-4 times/night to sleeping 10 straight hours in just over a week WITHOUT me leaving her alone to cry herself to exhaustion gets five stars in my book! I chose this book after looking into a few "sleep training" methods because I felt like it was a very balanced approach. It doesn't ask to choose between never letting a child cry (and probably not sleeping for the next 5 years) or turning a deaf ear while she screams.

Kim West offers a guide to
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: baby
AJ started sleeping a lot better when I returned this book to the library.
Andrea Paterson
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Some good ideas, but it didn't seem as "gentle" as the title claims. The author wants parents to resist picking up their children or providing any tangible "sleep crutches" in order to allow a baby to put themselves to sleep. Trying this method with my baby resulted in crying so hysterical that I couldn't continue with the program. I'm just nursing him to sleep peacefully and quickly (a big no-no according to Kim West!). However, I've been implementing some of the other ideas, like regular naps, ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is the only baby sleep book I own, and it's because I found it for $1 at the Good Will. A lot of people really like it, so I read it before my son was born and tried to implement her strategies as he grew.

+ Pros: West's delineation of the amounts of sleep that are normal for different age groups and the types of routines/schedules that work for different age groups were the clearest I found, and the most accurate to what my son was doing. We didn't try her "Sleep Lady Shuffle," but it didn
Lindsay Chung
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Plain and simple. The Sleep Lady is my hero. Hero, people. Do you understand me?

For those of you who do not follow my personal blog, I have two little girls. They are 2 and 3 years old with only 15 months separating them. I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in 2 or 3 years. These girls, while they are magnificent children, are simply not the greatest of bedtime goers. I have never had a problem with them sleeping through the night…With the exception of a few months here and there where 2 am see
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Kudos to the author for using tools that made the book easy to go straight to the parts I was interested in and didn't have to muddle through the whole 400 pages. I also liked how she has a section on twins as well as siblings sharing a room. Will use some of her tips tonight.
Natalie S.
Compared to the Weissbluth book I find this one to be much more realistic for most families. Mostly because it's less stress and less emotionally trying for both parent and child than complete CIO. I skipped parts for now that didn't apply to use (much later school age sleep problems, twins/siblings, nightmares) but may go back to them in the future. I feel like this is much more likely to help teach a child to fall asleep, whereas I think complete CIO / extinction mostly just has a child pass o ...more
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We followed this for my 2nd child after having read and tried every other approach with my first and him. This is the only approach I found to make sense, and therefore work. The idea of letting a baby cry it out, except when you are ready to get him/her in the morning or after a nap, never made sense to me or my babies because they couldn't tell time or keep track of when is an appropriate time to be picked up. Plus, it was painful for everyone, and I hated causing this pain to them without the ...more
This book was helpful to us as a starting point, but in the end, you just need to do what you feel is right for your baby's sleep cycle, even if it means skipping "cry it out" in any form. With our baby, it simply didn't work, but following the steps in this book helped us to get to a better point- not a perfect point. We still pick her up and rock her to sleep on occasion, when she is really upset or not feeling well, and that's ok with us. No stage lasts forever, dear sleep deprived parents. T ...more
Beckie Taylor
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
WOW! This book helped me to get Alden to sleep (he is currently 15 months old) after 13 months of no schedule and an insane Mom and Dad (probably kid too). It does not use the "cry it out" method so I was most comfortable with this approach to sleep training. I would strongly urge any parent to get this book. It is the most humane way to get a baby/toddler to sleep without letting them face their crying alone. It wasn't easy to do but it was well worth it. Now everyone in the house is sleeping! ...more
gwen g
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Three weeks ago, I would have rated this book 15000000 stars. But after a nice long stretch of sleeping through the night, our six-month-old stopped again, so I'm taking if back down to four.

Maybe four and a half, though: I really like the thinking behind this book, which is sensible and also compassionate. The basic principles did work for our baby, too. I'd love a longer troubleshooting section, though, and a 99% reduction in the number of sanctimonious success stories.
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book did not work at all for our son. The only benefit retained from reading this book, is that my husband and I learned to follow our instincts and what we know about our own child... since we stopped trying to implement the Sleep Lady's advice, we've been sleeping better and better each night.

I have heard that it really works well for a lot of people, so it may be worth a try, but if it doesn't seem to be working after a good faith effort, give up and try another method.
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the many (MANY!) sleep books I read in my quest to find sleep, this one ended up being my favorite and the method I most closely followed. It's a good middle ground between the no cry method and Ferber, and the breakdown in ages and stages is very valuable. Lots of compassion for both parent and child, I read and reread this one many nights.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have read before and am reading again - love that it has topics covering birth to five years, as well as an 'adding a sibling' section. More 'gentle' than many alternative texts I have read on children's sleep.
Natalie Innes
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Whatever. I want to throw all sleep books in a fire at this point. Samson is finally sleeping better, but I don't think it really has anything to do with the FOUR sleep books I read in rapid succession as much as tips from my pediatrician, friends, and common sense.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the more practically useful baby books I have read.
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sleeping through the night in just a handful of days. And without letting her cry it out! THANK YOU! (Now to conquer naps...)
Jeff Anthony

OK all caps is obnoxious, but not nearly as obnoxious as being woken up every 90 minutes by a crying baby every single night.

My wife and I followed the instructions in this book to a T and it worked. I said to my wife before the 1st night that there is no way this will work, since our son was waking every 90 minutes (or less) crying for the boob and would end up in our bed between us, resulting in both of us getting a terrible nights sleep.

On the 5th night, which is not even all t
Morgan Thompson
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
All of these sleep books are basically the same.... cry-it-out (often masked as "drowsy but awake") with varying degrees of comfort measures that are more for the parent than the child. This one is decent, although you're not going to find anything mind blowing here. The Sleep Lady Shuffle personally sounds like torture to me, sitting in a dark room with my crying child for weeks on end. It's really hard listening to your baby cry from downstairs or even outside, let alone being in the room. Jus ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to give this book 5 stars because even though I was scared to try it, my 4.5 year is finally (FINALLY!) able to go to sleep without me. I knew it would be a fight, but guess what? The crying and yelling only lasted about 30 minutes with a interlude for a problem-solving session (see another great book for more on that called "How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen). Little by little over the course of a couple of weeks I went from "sleeping" in a chair next to his bed to now sleeping in t ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
I can see where this would be helpful, but perhaps for slightly older kids (not a 6 month old). It seemed to be a lot of "this is what should happen" instead of useful tips to actually get there.

"Put the baby in bed awake, and then stand nearby and calm them with minimal physical contact." I'm sorry.. how is that supposed to happen? My kid just ends up hysterical and staring at me.

The No Cry Method seems to have more specific, useable suggestions (even if they are a bit more parent-involved).
Shelby Smith
It has been a few years since I read this but the method is a good one. I didn't fully implement it, but I did take some ideas from it. Anything to help out new parents with the stressful sleepless nights counts.
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
It's not a bad book. I like that it gives full details for each age range, because even if that's repetitive, it allows the parent to just read one section. If we're still having sleep issues in 6 months, I wouldn't mind reading the section dealing with that age range.
Some of this is the same as all the other books. The graduated extinction procedure is a little more in-depth, though:

"Shuffle" - Move farther away every 3 nights or less.
Nights 1-3 sit in chair next to crib, comfort with touch (in
Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight, Kim West provides a lot of information on the science of sleep as well as a program to teach children from newborn to age five how to sleep better on their own. The first four chapters provide a great foundation for understanding how children sleep and why it is so important to help teach them to self-soothe and to not rely on their parents to help them get to sleep in the middle of the night. Although I read the majority of the book for the purpose o ...more
Nov 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents that need more sleep
Recommended to Jill by: I saw this on Dr Phil!!
OK. This is the book that I bought when Kayla was transitioning from the crib to her toddler bed (which happened at 18 months because she was climbing out all the time and scared me to death, crazy little monkey-girl).

I wish I had this book to begin with; Baby Wise is my "Baby Bible" and this book compliments it really well. Baby Wise is more about how to feed them, and this is pretty much only about sleep, but I think it mentions feeding a little (can't remember very well, it's a bigger book an
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 10 out of 5 stars that's how great this book is. I plan on returning it the library (so some other sleep deprived parent may benefit) and purchase this book because she deserves my money and I need this book on my bookshelf in case baby starts sleeping poorly again or for any future babies.

My experience of the sleep lady shuffle with a 6 month old was a horrible night one, he woke up nearly hourly and was awake crying for 30-40 minutes each time (with me there right next to him
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with all parenting books taking bits & pieces that will work for our son. Our main sleep issue has been poor napping (30-45min) at a time and difficulty getting him to sleep for naps. The author brought up some great points, he definitely fits her profile of disaster naps perfectly and hopefully in time with implementing these changes and the sleep training this will improve. We have found he is definitely one of the children the author describes as growing more upset if we stay in the ro ...more
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KIM WEST is a mother of two and a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) who has been a practicing child and family social worker for more than sixteen years. Known as The Sleep Lady® by her clients, over the past twelve years she has helped thousands of tired parents all over the world learn to listen to their intuition, recognize their child’s important cues and behaviors, and gently ...more
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