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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child [Paperback]

Marc Weissbluth
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Book Description

April 12 1999
One of the country's leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving--and preventing--your children's sleep problems

Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child's natural sleep cycles. This valuable sourcebook contains brand new research that

- Pinpoints the way daytime sleep differs from night sleep and why both are important to your child
- Helps you cope with and stop the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bedwetting, and more
- Analyzes ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to his internal clock--naturally
- Reveals the common mistakes parents make to get their children to sleep--including the inclination to rock and feed
- Explores the different sleep cycle needs for different temperaments--from quiet babies to hyperactive toddlers
- Emphasizes the significance of a nap schedule

Rest is vital to your child's health growth and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age. Advises parents dealing with teenagers and their unique sleep problems

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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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child Jan. 20 2006
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By "klkp"
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Save your money, here's a summary of this book Nov. 13 2003
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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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This book made me feel awful about my parenting skills and baby. I burned it.
Published 2 months ago by Muzby
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, used condition not "excellent"
The book was as I expected, but the condition was not "excellent" as advertised. Many of the pages are torn, including the cover. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ag
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Book.
I really enjoyed reading this book and learning about sleep. We were able to use some of the tip and tricks in this book to get our little one sleeping much better. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jkergen
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and terribly written
This book reads horribly. Dr. Weissbluth may have a wealth of information, but unless he learns to write it in a concise and easy to understand format, it's useless. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sofina Jetha
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book
After I read this book, I realized how good my child was and that we really had no problems. All moms need support to know what to expect.
Published 4 months ago by Evelyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Tried, tested and ... A game changer
This was THE book on sleep advice. I've used it as a guide for both my kids and they are both GREAT sleepers now.
Published 5 months ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want your infant, baby, toddler to sleep, buy this book!
Our 7 month old started going from 1-2x waking to every 2 hours. The guidance in this book allowed us to change our routines and within 2 nights he slept from 7pm-7am with 1 wake... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jodi Wallis
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to read
I bought this on the suggestion of multiple friends who swore by this book. I read it when baby was about 4 months - we were sleeping pretty well at that time, and didn't need to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mark twain
1.0 out of 5 stars Just made me feel like a horrible parent
This book was very difficult to read and the more I read the more angry and upset it made me. It is full of statistics and repetitive useless information. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Diane Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for those struggling with sleep
Could not be a bigger supporter of this book and advice. It was the push we needed to start sleep training and help our baby, and whole family, get the sleep he so desperately... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chelsey Nagel
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