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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: 13.9 x 2.8 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 563 customer reviews
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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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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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While the doctor is a specialist in the area of sleep the book fails to appreciate that babies are people with feelings.
To give you an understanding of what I mean here are a few EXACT quotes.
Page 177 "Use thick layers of zinc oxide paste in the diaper region so that no rash will develop when you do not go to your baby at night to change diapers."
How long to let your baby cry? Page 159 for naps "no more than one hour" for bedtime "there is no time limit at night if the child is not hungry or ill"
Why do you let him cry? Page 159 "We are leaving him alone to forget the expectation to be picked up."
To answer "Isn't crying harmful" he says: "Not necessarily." "When a child cries she may more quickly unlearn to expect to be picked up."
And if your baby cries so hard she vomits? Page 176 "If the vomiting is irregular and occasional you should try waiting until after you think she is deeply asleep before checking, and then quickly clean her if needed."
(Wait until she's ASLEEP before checking? Clean her IF NEEDED?)
In response to a parent who says she wants to respond to her crying baby at night, Page 178 "Letting your baby cry is not doing nothing. You are activily encouraging the development of independence" He then says you may not want to hear your baby cry because you have Page 179 "Working mother's guilt. You may feel guilty about being away from your child so much."
What if your baby climbs out of the crib? Page 193 "A crib tent will prevent your child from getting out of the crib, and it allows you to remove yourself from his protest crying" And if you don't want to use a crib tent because he says "some parents feel that the crib tent locks their child in the crib like an animal caged in the zoo" then "lock the door instead.
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I have mixed feelings about this book. It is very informative about the importance of sleep in general, and I feel it is worth the read for that alone. However we started attempting to apply the methods in it when my son was only two months old and had quit napping during the day. The book IS slightly contradictory, a little hard to follow and doesn't really lay down a set plan which I found frustrating. I almost drove myself crazy for two weeks trying to follow what was in the book. Luckily a fried recommended this blog to me: www.weebeedreaming.com and absolutely turned things around for us. While the Healthy Sleep Habits book didn't seem to take much issue with pacifier use and feeding before sleep times, those were the first things Pam at Wee Bee Dreaming addressed in her blogs. Also, the 1-2 hours of wakefulness outlined in the book is TOO BROAD of a time window, which is ironic for me because I was initially shocked that my baby should only be up for 1-2 hours at a time. Max time for awake was as outlined by Pam are 45-50 mins for 0-2 months, 1.5 hours for 3 months and it gradually increases with each month. Her posts are a wealth of solid and easy to follow information, and best of all they are FREE! Actually, also best of all is the fact that she is an actual paediatric sleep consultant and so she is available to book to help you with your individual sleep needs/problems as a family though she does charge for those services (which is only fair - especially after sharing so much good knowledge freely on her posts!) So while I would buy this book again just because I have come to realize how important it is to be educated about sleep, and this book does have good info, I would follow the Wee Bee Dreaming blog very closely for an actual action plan. And if I could do it all over I would go there FIRST and save myself those two weeks of misery that I went through.
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I got this book from a friend of mine when my daughter was three month old. It helps me to understand her needs for napping, and teach me to learn from my baby. But his plan for older baby just seems to change too dramatically from a caring approach to a convenient (for parents, in my opinion) approach. I tried to let my daughter cry it out for about two three days, and she just change from an happy, quickly-responsed baby to cranky, fussy baby during the day time. She didn't understand why I ignore her needs during the night, and she reflects it when she was with us during the day. I than change my method back to the approach this book gave for younger baby-- listen to your baby. I would not get up and get her when she uses her "I-just-want-attention whimpering", but I would go to her when she starts to cry with "personal emotion". I would try not to pick her up nor nurse her unless she is very upset and hungry. Less than a week after I tried my own method, she started to sleep through the night more or less. She woke up more during some nights with needs than others, but most of the times she sleep from 8pm to 6-7am. Just like us, we sometimes woke up more than most times. I just cannot deny her personal needs when it is there. After all, she IS a helpless human being. Sleeping through the night is very important to her and to me, but it cannot deny the fact that sometimes she feel little ache ness that she has no idea what it is but just hurts, scared and need comfort. I wish this book didn't have such distinct cutoff between its approach for younger and older baby. However, the biological information is very valuable in this book. But as a biologist, I think the author ignore the complicity of human social structure. If human's basic biological need is so important that we can override our emotional needs to biological needs, monogamy would not have ever worked in our society!!
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