Sleep Book Recommendations and Resources

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PSP members recommend books about children's sleeping habits and training.

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Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber
What PSP members say: I'm reading the Ferber book "Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems" and am at the very beginning where the talks about sleep stages through the night - finding it very comforting so far and like it "makes sense". If anyone else wants to get together and discuss that book or others let me know.

 

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Baby Whisperer books by Tracy Hogg

 

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Sleepless in America by Mary Sheedy Kucinka

 

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Sleeping Through the Night by Jodi Mindell

 

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Wonder Weeks by Hetty Van De Rijt
What PSP members say: "I also found the Wonder Weeks app sunny/cloudy feature to be spot on for this period along with the book. Having a terrible few weeks of crabbiness as he has been growing developmentally and now we're back to calmer waters. Most of you are probably past that point though, we're a late May baby."

 

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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth
What PSP members say: Have you read "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Dr. Marc Weissbluth? It was given to us by friends of ours who used it as guidance for naps & bedtime for their 3 daughters & we found that it really helped us. The gist of what he says about naps for babies 5months-12months old is that they should take 1 nap at 9am-ish, 1 at 1pm-ish and some babies also take a short third nap somewhere between 3 and 5pm - with a bedtime somewhere between 6-8pm. He advises having the child to only nap in their crib if possible (which messes with mobility if that's an issue for you- it wasn't for us) and leaving the child to cry for up to 1 hour which sounds pretty brutal (and it was) but after a couple of days it really worked for us! It's a constant evolution - each day is different but keeping a consistent nap schedule helps us stay sane! Good luck to you and to all parents and babies!

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The Sleep Lady's Good Night Sleep Tight by Kim West, LCSW-C
"One more suggestion for those who don't like to cry it out. It's a book called The Sleep Lady's Good Night Sleep Tight. She has a "shuffle" method which worked very well for us with our first daughter & Inplan on using it again. I don't think you can start until 3 months though. In a sound bite you sit in the room with your baby but do minimal soothing. Then you move yourself closer to the door over a period of time & eventually you will be able to walk out after putting them down."

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Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents by Alexis Dubief

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12 hours' sleep by 12 months old by by Suzy Giordano and Lisa Abidin
“The schedule in the book that [PSP member] recommended above, Twelve Hours Sleep by Twelve Weeks, really worked for us and our daughter. We started this schedule right after her 4 month sleep regression/fussy phase and now she is sleeping through the night. As long as she eats at least 24 ounces during the day, sleeps only three hours a day, and is up for 3-4 hours before bedtime, she can make it through the night without waking up. Thanks for the recommendation.”

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Bedtiming by Marc D. Lewis PhD, Isabela Granic PhD
“The one thing I'd offer is a great book called Bedtiming that is basically about when to sleep train and the big insight is that 4-5.5 months their development is all about the interpersonal and so it's a really tough time to sleep train but that after that there's a window 5.5-7 months.”