Get sleep survival tips in this Q&A with Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child author, doctor and preeminent sleep guru, Marc Weissbluth. One of the country’s leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving–and preventing–your children’s sleep problems. Here Dr. Marc. A leading pediatrician outlines his groundbreaking, step-by-step program to help parents ensure a good night’s sleep for their children by working with their.

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I noticed upcoming chapters are split up by age range.

I was a golden convert to CIO when it worked wonderfully for my month-old oldest. He offers dozens of anecdotes and new case histories of children with various sleep disorders and the prescribed methods The child care classic is now totally revised and updated as Dr.

My only substantial criticism so far is that this whole putting-to-bed-early thing just doesn’t work like the testimonials say. I knew something had to be done when I realized he hardly smiled or giggled at all. Jan 09, Wendy rated it liked it Shelves: From what I’m reading, there is one perfect amount of sleep and one perfect sleep schedule for each baby, and it’s a moving target as they grow, and if you screw it up it’s because you so carelessly didn’t follow the detail buried on page X which probably involved some incarnation of putting the baby to bed earlier.

In addition to his own research, he has written about sleep problems in manuals of pediatrics, lectured extensively to parent groups, is a regular at the 92nd Street Y, and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. I have moved my daughter’s bedtime to an earlier hour and have noticed good results.

Action Plan for Exhausted Parents. Check out our FAQ page hereand get answers. I also like that it talks about temperamenttherefore indicating that all babies are different and there is no one size fits all approach.


I like that he is not judgmental about where baby sleeps crib, co-sleeping, whatever and although he does lean to a cry-it-out CIO method, that is NOT the only approach mentioned in this book. His guilt-inducing chapters include boxed warnings indicating that you hwalthy ruin your child with botched sleep and long winded explanations of anecdotal research supporting his stance.

He also has no issue with co-sleeping — he thinks you have to find whatever sleeping situation works best chilc your family. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. I, too, didn’t know that a baby could need to go to sleep an hour after waking — that alone was worth reading the book. I feel that I learned so much from this book that I will probably end up checking it out at the library again or buying a copy of my own to use as a reference as my child grows and her needs change.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: Our Review

I read this book cover to cover and perhaps I shouldn’t uappy. Sleep Problems and Solutions. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for sleepp beneficial habits within the framework of your child’s natural sleep cycles. I did not read the book in entirety reading only the intro chapters and the ones relevant to her agebut Weissbluth provided good information and many strategies for helping our little girl sleep better and learn to fall asleep on her own.

Contrary to the doctor’s assurances, putting him to bed earlier did not make him sleep longer.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child : A Step-By-Step Program for a Good Night’s Sleep

His approach will not work for everyone, but it did for us – at least with this kiddo. But believe me it’s well worth it. Inigo Montoya would have something to say about that.


Some of the things he said we ignored but some we really took to heart. Now, I begin her bedtime routine whenever chold begins to get fussy in the evening, sometimes as early as 5: This book provides some idea of what sleep patterns may look like for your baby but it also provides fuel for the longest guilt trip you will take as a parent.

I think this book helps a lot of people, and that’s great, but it’s not the end-all, be-all of sleep solutions. Now that I tried some of the tips in the book he hardly cries at all!

This hqbits is really not great for babies under 4 months of age, although it did introduce me to an important concept don’t keep a very young baby awake for more than 2 hours! Jul 06, Michelle rated it really liked it. Gonna have to call it quits on this one. If you’re looking for a book of hints on getting your child to sleep, this isn’t it – the title is misleading.

I skimmed through this for both of my previous babies, but I’m now trying to read it thoroughly in preparation for my third. But it bugs me.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child : Marc Weissbluth :

Look at me pointing out racism! What he is most insistent on is that children – and their parents – get the sleep they need.

My spirited baby has her own way, and the only thing I can say to tired parents is – read all the sleep books, and choose what works for you.