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Bed Timing: The "when-to" guide to helping your child to sleep Paperback – Feb 24 2009
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About the Author
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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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!
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.
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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I havnt read the entire book yet, but this is most making sense and useful one out of all the othersPublished 8 months ago by Xiao Yu
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 on Sept. 4 2013 by miranda hurry
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 morePublished on Aug. 22 2012 by Rola Amer
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 earlierPublished on Feb. 1 2012 by Chantal
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 morePublished on Jan. 20 2012 by Isobel
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
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 morePublished on April 28 2009 by J. Geyer