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Bed Timing: The "when-to" guide to helping your child to sleep [Paperback]

Marc Lewis , Isabela Granic
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Feb. 13 2009 1554680476 978-1554680474
Why when is more important than how

Teaching your baby or toddler to sleep through the night can be a bewildering and frustrating experience. Should you let your child “cry it out” or follow a “no-cry” solution? Are you tired of endless hours of rocking your baby to sleep? Why won’t your baby stay asleep? And why is last month’s no-fail bedtime routinesuddenly useless?

The key to sleep success is not which approach you take; what really matters is when you use it. Because your baby is changing and developing, your sleep strategy should change too. Timing is everything. For example, the Ferber method may work well for a 6-month-old baby, but it is potentially disastrous for a9-month-old. Bed Timing walks you through the stages of childdevelopment, from birth to 4 years, and looks at their implications forchanging bedtime habits. Authoritative, sensible and packed with informativecase studies, Bed Timing is the essential companion for all parents.

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Marc Lewis, Ph.D., and Isabela Granic, Ph.D., are developmental psychologists as well as the parents of twins. Dr. Granic is a research scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Lewis is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology and the Program in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto. Together, they have been guests on international public radio programs, spoken at international academic conferences and given educational seminars and workshops to parents and clinicians around the world. Lewis, Granic and their children live in Toronto. Keep up-to-date with the authors on their blog.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
To all the desperately sleep-deprived parents out there: read this book before you start trying to encourage your baby to sleep through the night, give up night feedings, or change other difficult patterns! Me. my partner and our son benefitted hugely from the guidelines and insights provided by the authors of this book.

The foundation of the book is that all children go through predictable developmental stages, some of which are more ideal for changing a baby's schedule. Their basic premise is that parents will have the greatest success with big changes - including sleep "training" - if they manage to time it right according to these accepted developmental milestones. The idea is to pick the periods when the baby/toddler is at their most stable, so that they will accept change more easily.

I can personally say that this idea of timing is absolutely critical, and that regardless of what your sleep philosophy is (no-cry sleep solution, Ferber, Weissbluth, baby whisperer, etc.), the information in this book will make yours and your baby's life SO much easier. For example, friends of ours who did not have the benefit of this book tried to "train" their child to sleep through the night/give up night feedings at 9 months -- which is one of the times, the authors of this books say, when parents should NOT make any changes as it is the first big peak of separation anxiety --well, it was a complete disaster! Save yourself and your baby a great deal of anxiety, stress and desperation by following the timing guidelines in this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sleep Book EVER!!! April 1 2009
This is truly an AMAZING resource for all parents and caregivers. I am the mother of a two and a half year old and a five month old. I really wish I had this book when my first was wee. I have read almost all of the sleep books out there and this one is the most useful and informative. It tells you what is going emotionally and cognitively for your 0-4 year old. So in addition to answering many of your sleep questions, it will also tell you how your babes think, develop and feel about life in general at each particular stage/age.
I can't get over how fascinating the information is and how helpful it is. I learned so much about my five month old and even more about my two year old. I will always buy this book for any of my friends who are about to become parents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Effective Book March 30 2009
I bought this book for my daughter to use with her 12-month old. I just
heard back from her that she's thrilled to have all this great information
about what's going on in her little girl's head (and heart). This is the
first book that I've come across that is completely non-judgmental about
WHAT sleep-training technique a parent chooses for their child -- the
authors just give objective advice about the best ages and stages to start
ANY sleep training technique (and they summarize the top 5 or so, which is
nice). It's well-written, easy to follow, but also doesn't dumb down the
science. I highly recommend it to new and experienced parents alike!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for parents of babies and young children March 25 2009
By M. Seto
This is the best book on sleep training I've read, and as the father of an 18-mo-old, I've read quite a few already! Lots of practical and helpful advice about sleep training. The authors are developmental psychologists and parents of twin boys and focus on WHEN, not just how, to sleep train.

I jumped right to the handy chart at the back to see where we are with our son and to learn about the stage he's in and the stages that are coming. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is that the authors explain how sleep fits with the many cognitive, emotional and social developments that are going on in our little boy's brain. Fascinating information, and it helped explained so much of what we see going on every day. The authors are academics but they write in clear, accessible language. Their enthusiasm for the topic and empathy for other parents is clear; I heard them on an Ontario Today show recently as they took calls from sleep-deprived parents looking for good advice.

I would highly recommend this book to all parents. Other sleep training books will be helpful in finding the right techniques for you and your family, but this book will tell you about the best (and challenging) times to use those techniques.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best sleep book on the market, andthen some March 20 2009
Finally, a book that tells you WHEN to sleep train. We read so many others that talk about techniques but no discussion of timing, leaving us frustrated when the techniques didn't work. This is the first that actually tells you when the best times are to try sleep training and backs it up with sound research. The authors clearly know their stuff -- they are both developmental psychologists and parents of twins --plus they know how to communicate the important stuff to sleep-deprived parents. Can't say enough good things about the table in the back of the book that outlines when to and not to attempt sleep training. Heard the authors on CBC radio last week and their advice to callers was fantastic.

Also, this is the first book I've come across that tells you, in an easily accessible and engaging way, what is going on with your kid's emotional, cognitive, and social development at every stage. I really enjoyed reading about our 17 month-old's inner world. Now so much of what he is up to these days makes sense.

As for the sleep, well, our son is no longer doing the 3-4-5 am wake-ups for milk and he's sleeping 7 to 7, thanks to their awesome tips. We are finally ALL getting a good night's sleep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you need your sleep...this is the book
Love it! Clear and easy to read. This book charts baby development and recommends when to try sleep training. It works and it makes sense. I now buy it for all new parents.
Published 14 months ago by miranda hurry
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have in any new parents library
I am so glad I stumbled on this book at Chapters before the delivery of my son. Sleep training is not only one of the most important milestone to achieve with your baby but the... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2012 by Rola Amer
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!
This book is a must have for parents. It tells you when to sleep train, which the sleep training books don't tell you. I wish I would have bought this earlier
Published on Feb. 1 2012 by Chantal
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Ideas on WHEN to sleep train
This book proposes that parents attemp to "sleep train" infants at particular ages, on the basis that babies are more receptive to training at particular stages of development. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2012 by Isobel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I'm a first time mom and a baby book junkie. My mom and husband are actually always telling me to stop reading books and just follow my instincts. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2011 by fallnin
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really a sleep training book, but interesting
I enjoyed reading this book; lots of very interesting information on child development during different periods, and then how that might tie in to sleeping and sleep training. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2010 by Lucy Loo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sleep Book there is. Period. And I've read them all. Trust me.
Just get the book. You will pick it up over and over and over again. Finally, no more guilt. This guides you through all of what your little one is going through. THE BEST.
Published on May 22 2009 by A. Ramsay
2.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful advice if you've already started sleep training
This book advises different approaches towards sleep training, depending on the baby's age. This book provides an important perspective on what your child might feel about... Read more
Published on April 28 2009 by J. Geyer
5.0 out of 5 stars missing piece of the sleep puzzle
Finally, a book that fills in the missing piece of the child sleep puzzle. The really nice thing about this book is that it does not judge whatever method you choose to "train"... Read more
Published on March 30 2009 by T. Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must read" for any parent
This book reflects a century of developmental research that has documented a regular, stage-like progression from infancy through childhood. Read more
Published on March 27 2009 by DocTroubador
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