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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: 13.7 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (549 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #530 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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14 of 15 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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32 of 36 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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116 of 133 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 5 2003
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennie on Dec 29 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to me, but unfortunately I found it so poorly written and edited that I have given up trying to read it.

The text is repetitive and poorly organized. The following are examples of the poor editing:
1) The section titles were innacurate. For example, on p. 76 the title is "Breast-feeding versus bottle-feeding and family bed versus crib." This is followed by two-thirds of a page on how to tell if your baby has colic, which obviously should have been in a section titled, "how to tell if your baby has colic."
2) The author gives contradictory advice -- e.g. using textboxes and bold font to state, "never wake a sleeping baby" e.g. on p. 52 and 108. However on p. 106 he states "if naps are too long...you might have to wake him ... in order to maintain the timeliness of the sleep rhythm at night" and on p. 103-104 "Practice scheduled awakening..." and "Control the wake-up time." If the textboxes aren't meant to be absolutes, perhaps it would have been helpful to soften the language somewhat...
3) I also found that the example stories, while perhaps interesting, were often not representative of the problem/solution he was trying to illustrate.

Although this is apparently the 3rd edition of the book, I think a more thorough edit should have happened before it was published. Despite reading more than 200 pages, I'm still not entirely sure what the Dr. recommends as best practice.
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