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Nighttime Parenting (Revised): How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep [Paperback]

William Sears
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Nov. 18 1999 La Leche League International Book
Parenting is a job that goes on twenty-four hours a day. Nighttime Parenting helps parents understand why babies sleep differently than adults, offers solutions to nighttime problems, and even describes how certain styles of nighttime parenting can aid in child spacing and lower the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Renowned pediatrician Dr. William Sears helps you find a solution to your baby's sleepless nights. Directed at lessening night-waking and increasing your ability to cope, this understanding guide offers comprehensive, caring advice on: where your baby should sleep, what foods help children sleep, nighttime fathering, tips for single parents, getting children to bed without a struggle, and much more.

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William Sears, M.D., is a pediatrician in private practice in Pasadena, California; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California; and a writer and frequent speaker on parenting and childcare. Childcare

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dr Sears, I love you but.... June 29 2002
By A Customer
I followed your advice and co-slept, breastfed and carried my baby in her sling. And now she's almost a year old and still waking up every hour or two all night - every night. While I love the concepts contained here, this book made me feel guilty for wanting more sleep. I love my baby, but I need some sleep, too. I found a book that Dr. Sears recommends called The No Cry Sleep Solution that takes the same compassionate, caring attitude, but adds actual solutions to help my baby sleep better. She's already sleeping 6 straight hours and I feel like a new woman!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED this book!! Needed it sooner!! March 31 2003
By A Customer
I think a lot of the negative reviews came from parents who are unwilling to change their daily schedules to include their new additions into their families. Making a family shouldn't be just about scheduling time to have sex, then setting aside time 9 months later to have a baby, and going back to work once you're feeling *up-to-it* So what if you're tired? I stay at home and i'm tired too! Why wouldn't you want to cosleep if you're away from your baby all day? If you're so sick of your child you don't want to be around it at all why'd you have children in the first place??
RE: cosleeping having negative results i'll give you one, my 2 yr old couldn't fall asleep without my husband or I laying down with him. We moved him into his own bed (w/o ANY problems, no crying to sleep, no fussing about being in his room) and he falls asleep now w/o issues, we found out he started having a hard time falling asleep while we were there, but if we weren't there he'd get up and play. Now that he has his own room it's ok if he's awake for a little while reading or such, he can't make a mess. Other than that my now almost 3 yr old does everything by himself, he plays well alone, and he plays well with other children. He doesn't cling, he doesn't have troubles sleeping by himself, and he's just as emotionally stable (if not more so) than his crib slept friends. What I taught him from birth was that his needs and feelings were just as important to me as mine.
I learned to schedule time for myself around his nap and bedtimes, and with help from my husband (or friend) I found joy in knowing my son was safe because I could always see him, hear him, and feel him. And my husband loved it because working outside the home it was the only true cuddle/solo time he got with our son.
We're using it again with our newborn and it's the ONLY thing that gets us both sleep at night. I'd recommend this to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Dr. Sears Oct. 9 2002
By A Customer
The second night after my baby was born, the nurses in the hospital brought him to me sometime after midnight because "they couldn't make him stop crying." They lay him next to me and he nursed and promptly fell sound asleep. The first night I got home, baby did the same thing -- he would scream if left in his basinet -- but would snuggle down and sleep quietly if lying next to me. Lying next to him and nursing him to sleep thus seemed the natural thing to do -- and it helped all of us get as much sleep as possible -- but I felt guilty and uncertain aoubt it until I read Dr. Sears' advice. Thank you, Dr. Sears, for recommending this approach to "nighttime parenting," and letting me know that this is how mothers around the world care for their babies during the night. I'm pleased to report that after three months, I naturally began transitioning baby to his basinet for longer and longer stretches. Now, he sleeps there all night, and joins my husband and me in bed in the morning when we wake up and it's time to nurse.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here Dec 12 2001
I have a large library of Sears books (The Baby Book, the
Birth Book, etc.) I practice co-sleeping and attachment
parenting. I bought this book because my 6 month old twins
were causing my family to be severely sleep deprived.
Unfortunately, if you are already familiar with the writing
of the Sears', you won't find anything particularly new
here. It isn't that I *disagree* wht the principles in the
book, just that I thought it should go further. The "same
old" advice in the other Sears' books wasn't working for
us -- our family was falling apart. I wanted an alternative
to Ferber (which I also bought). This book continued to
say what the Baby Book said: your kids will sleep well if
they sleep with you, nightime nursing is the simplest
way to keep your kid happy at night, etc. Maybe all this
works for singletons, but not twins. I'd love to find a
book that gives really *practical* advice that still supports
the Attachment Parenting philosophy I believe in!
(Here's an example of unhelpful advice: In response to a
question about "My kid is too squirmy and keeps me up",
Dr. Sears responds that this is a result of the kid having
started in a crib and later moving to co-sleeping, and
that if you give him time, he'll adjust. This was not
helpful to us, who co-slept from the start, and had
given the kids PLENTY of time, and they were still disrupting
our sleep.)
PS: The good news is that eventually, without any helpful
advice from any books, we managed to survive the sleep
situation, and at 2 years old, we have a much more livable
sleep situation while still practicing AP!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE ARE YOUR INSTINCTS?
Have mothers lost their natural instincts??? If a baby crying was meant to be bearable, babies would not cry when they needed something. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2006 by Natural Mother
1.0 out of 5 stars If all else fails, DRUG your baby!!!
My gosh! ANY Dr. that tells his readers to drug their baby if all "natural methods of nighttime parenting" fails is a complete QUACK. Read more
Published on June 9 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Supportive of one parenting style ONLY
This book is focused on breast feeding and co-sleeping. It starts out by advising parents to experiment to find the sleeping arrangement that works best for their family - an idea... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Think about it...
Those that rate this book poorly, have issue with sleeping with thier children. Mostly due to the lack of knowledge they have for this type of parenting. Read more
Published on April 15 2003 by Penni
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good choice for parents looking to solve sleep problem
My husband and I purchased this book in the hopes that it would give us ideas on how to get our daughter to go to sleep. Read more
Published on March 9 2003 by ,elizabeth sherrer
4.0 out of 5 stars be committed to being a parent
I agree that Dr. Sears is repeating previous books too often and not going in depth enough on some subjects. However, regarding some other reviews.... Read more
Published on March 2 2003 by J. Cross
1.0 out of 5 stars Be a Babywhisperer instead
I would never follow the advice of this book. It seems to me that it creates more sleep problems than anything. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars the other side of the issue
This is an elaborated excerpt from the Sears' big parenting tome, with more direct guilt inducement and more obviously narrow moral assumptions. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars modern parents
The book is full of good intensions, but is not based on the reality that mothers work and fathers have more active roles than they did in the 70s/80s. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Not solutions for moms who work outside the home...
I have a "high need" baby, according to Dr. Sears. Many of the suggestions in this book (nap when your baby naps) are not suited to women who work outside the home. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2002
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