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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child [Paperback]

Marc Weissbluth
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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
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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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child 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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109 of 125 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too harsh for my taste April 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is a complicated discussion of sleep science. It also advocates more crying and ignoring a baby than I would be comfortable with. It seems a major ordeal to solve a process that is natural for a baby - learning to sleep. As babies get older they do learn to sleep better, forcing them to cry themselves to sleep at a young age to speed the natural process seems overly harsh and based on thinking of short term instead of building life long trust. Think I'll pass.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cruel and Unsafe Aug. 4 2000
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Format:Paperback
The whole philosophy of the book is that children's need for sleep takes precedence over all other needs of the child: need for security, (Maslow), need to develop trust (Erickson), and other basic needs like breastmilk and water.
Weissbluth's definition of a sleep problem is when the child not sleeping becomes a problem for the parent. His solution is that up to four months, parents should meet the babies' needs for cuddles, feeding, etc. After four months, he advocates letting the baby cry it out for however long it takes until the baby stops crying and goes to sleep. The parents are not to check on the baby or pat it's back or talk. When asked "How long should I let my baby cry?", he replies, "to establish regular naps, and consolidated sleep overnight, there is no time limit." p.134 "We are leaving the baby alone to forget the expection to be picked up."
The most offensive part of the book in on page 157 in the 4 month to 12 month age, where he replies to a mother whose baby is so upset, she vomits: "If the vomiting always occurs, I think you will want to always go in to clean her promptly and then leave her again. 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."
The parents are not to check to see if the baby choked? They are advised to make her fall asleep in her vomit? What if her body is dangling from the crib slats? What if she has a tummyache, or is hungry or has a thread wrapped around her toe? The parents are just supposed to ignore it until she gives up sobbing in desparation?
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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 24 days 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 1 month 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 3 months ago by Chelsey Nagel
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, never buy
This is just plain barbaric, the epitome of bad parenting. Basically, this book tells you to abandon your baby in order to teach him to be independent. Of course! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Karine Chateauneuf
5.0 out of 5 stars Living proof
Yes, there is crying. However, we went from having a permanently unhappy infant who was overtired, waking up around the clock, to a happy little guy sleeping 12h a night. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JazzHoover
5.0 out of 5 stars Good... but I am not thinking this book will revolutionate babies...
Judgement of parents should be the best way for baby to sleep! This book give another way to think about this issue.
Published 5 months ago by Jean-François Deschênes
2.0 out of 5 stars This book needs to be heavily edited.
I don't doubt Dr. Weissbluth knows what he's talking about and that his methods have undoubtedly helped many families... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Erin M.
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't recommend
I have a 4 months old Baby and she wakes up quite often during the night. She doesn't really nap during the day and I have been keeping a day and night schedule for quite some time... Read more
Published 6 months ago by corine filion
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but hard to follow
I don't know if I'm just nutsy and sleep deprived, but I found this book to be a big jumble in terms of organization. Read more
Published 9 months ago by PJ Porkchop
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to read and understand baby/child sleep habbits and...
I lost my original copy and repurchased because it is a must read and re-read. Very informative and I like the boxes that reinforce the important tips to remember.
Published 12 months ago by Colette
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