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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Revised edition edition (April 12 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449004023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449004029
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (546 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I love Dr. Weissbluth’s philosophy that the most important thing to have is a well-rested family. And fortunately, thanks to this book, most days (and nights) we do!”
–from the Foreword by Cindy Crawford

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“I love Dr. Weissbluth’s philosophy that the most important thing to have is a well-rested family. And fortunately, thanks to this book, most days (and nights) we do!”
–from the Foreword by Cindy Crawford --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nicolebeth on June 4 2004
Format: Paperback
While Dr. Weissbluth had some good tips (e.g., take a child outside in the a.m. to reset the circadian rhythm; have them nap before overtired), I disagree on certain points.
First, I believe that letting a child cry to sleep and then, even after the child throws up, letting him or her sleep in her own vomit (after briefly ascertaining that the child is alive) is cruel. That's taking the claim that children are manipulative way too far. Secondly, my child has had pain from teething; she sleeps well when not teething and wakes at night when she is teething. If this is my invention to excuse her poor sleeping, why does she only sleep fitfully when teething? And, why does teething bother her during the day? Finally, I think letting a child fall asleep standing up in the crib crying is also cruel.
Again, I feel there are some good facts regarding sleep as well as some good tips. Once the book began discussing leaving a child to cry, and going to such extremes as to letting a child sleep in vomit, it lost me.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. Da Roza on Jan. 20 2006
Format: Paperback
I consider this book to be the "bible" for sleep-deprived parents. It gives you all the background info you need to understand children's sleep problems and how to fix them. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone with a child who is not sleeping well.
However, be prepared for a long, cumbersome read. Like many other reviewers have stated, this book needs some good editing. It is difficult to understand in parts, contradictory at times, and just an overall boring read! Difficult to get through the whole thing when you're a tired mom!
Despite all that, I'd still consider the book worth buying. But for those of you who just want to get to the facts and solutions, and only have a couple of hours to spend reading, there is an even better book out there. It's called the Sleep Sense Program, by Dana Obleman. You can order it at w[...]
We were following Healthy Sleep Habits to the letter, but our son was still not sleeping through the night consistently. When we came across Sleep Sense, we quickly ordered the book and devoured it. We found that Dana's techniques were very similar to Mark Weissbluth's. The difference we found in Dana's book was removing the soother from our son's bedtime routine. As soon as we did that, no more night wakings!
If you have to pick one book, I'd pick Sleep Sense for its quick, no-nonsense read, easy to implement, effective tips as well as the extras it comes with (workbook, electronic sleep log and audio interview with Dana). But if you really want to get in-depth and truly understand how children sleep, what causes sleep problems, different types of sleep problems and how to fix them - Healthy Sleep Habits is the book for you. Personally, I'm glad I have both, and refer back to them whenever my son enters a new sleep pattern.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "klkp" on July 16 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when my little one was 4 months old. It saved her and us. I only wish I had read the book while I was pregnant. I have since given this book to 3 friends when they had newborns (including twins) and they all followed Dr. Weissbluth's advice and we all have the BEST sleepers. My firends were lucky though to have avoided all the heartache we had after only 4 months of bad habits.
Dr. Weissbluth is very respectful of parents having different theories and approaches to parenting. He helps you implement healthy sleep habits for children of all ages no matter what your parenting style is.
The anecdotes are helpful in making you realise you are not alone and these are not just theories someone made up in someone's office.
We have even avoided common pitfalls when babies go through teething, vaccines, colds etc.
The book is written in a respectful caring way. You can trust this Dr.'s experience.
This book is relevant for all familes with babies you and old.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gwendelen A. Lippitt on Nov. 13 2003
Format: Paperback
About a month ago, my 10 month old baby had a cold, and I felt so bad that I started bringing her into bed with us so I could keep close tabs on her.  Unfortunately, after she started feeling better, she was entirely unwilling to go back to her own bed.  So I bought "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child."  Boy, for anyone who is having trouble nodding off, its a great book, put Me right to sleep!  His 400 pages could basically be condensed down to a twenty page pamphlet, and those 20 pages could be summarized as:  Put your baby to bed earlier and let her cry it out.
With the attachment parenting trend seeming to dominate every popular parenting magazine, I had started to feel as if someone would call child protective services if my baby every cried.  Or that I would do some type of permanent damage to her self confidence and our relationship.  But at the same time, I basically knew that by leaping at every little squeak she made, I was teaching her to cry every time things didn't go exactly her way.  She wasn't getting enough sleep and neither was I.
So, absolutely feeling sick to my stomach, I put her to bed an hour early and shut the door.  She cried very hard for about 20 minutes and I couldn't stand it.  I was so upset myself I went in and rubbed her back a little, and she fell promptly asleep.  For the next two hours she stirred a little, but never really woke up.  Then she slept the entire night, In her Own Bed!  She even slept an hour later than she normally had been.
Now, this one night of sound sleep would have been well worth the $15 I spent on the book, if my husband and I had actually slept.  In the month that she had been in our bed, we had gotten so accustomed to her being there, that we both kept waking up all night looking for her.
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