Nighttime Parenting (Revised): How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep Paperback – Nov 1 1999
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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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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.
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
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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Have mothers lost their natural instincts??? If a baby crying was meant to be bearable, babies would not cry when they needed something. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2006 by Natural Mother
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 morePublished on June 9 2004
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 morePublished on Oct. 13 2003
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 morePublished on April 15 2003 by Penni
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 morePublished on March 9 2003 by ,elizabeth sherrer
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 morePublished on March 2 2003 by J. Cross
I would never follow the advice of this book. It seems to me that it creates more sleep problems than anything. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2003
This is an elaborated excerpt from the Sears' big parenting tome, with more direct guilt inducement and more obviously narrow moral assumptions. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2002
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 morePublished on Sept. 8 2002
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