I have used this book since baby #1, and I now have 4 children. I tried Baby Wise (with baby #1), and it went against every motherly instinct I had (like "don't rock your baby to sleep", and "wake him up to feed him"). Healthy Sleep Habits is logical, common sense stuff that supports what decisions you choose to make with regard to raising your child. This is a very easy read, and also in sections by age and sections that discuss sleep problems or situations that come up that can affect sleep (like teething). I LOVE this book, and keep several copies on hand to give away as gifts for a new mom. I refer to it over and over again, when my babies reach a new stage of their sleep habits. To this day, my first child is my worst sleeper, and the following 3 have been very easy to train since going along with the advice and tips in this book.
This book completely changed my 8 month old son. He was a somber, straight-faced little guy until I started implementing these ideas. He soon became a great sleeper, which completely changed his attitude as well. I'm now using it to prevent sleep problems in my newborn. It is not a book that straight out tells you what to do. The author is a sleep researcher so he explains the anatomy of sleep to help you better understand your own child's needs. He offers strategies for different types of children and problems. I recommend this book to all my friends that are having babies.
I like to describe myself as being a mommy with a balance of both "attachment parenting" and "routine" approach. When my daughter was born, I knew that I wanted to be her constant comfort, to keep her close to me often, but I also wanted to make sure that I didn't go to the extreme and ignore the needs of her body in the process! This book does an EXCELLENT job of teaching about the neurological development process of children, and how to discern their sleep needs from birth through adolescence. The approach is very common sense and reasonable, without the author trying to force a "one-size-fits-all", rigid format onto every child!
I was so happy to get this book as a parent to a 4 month old who DOES NOT SLEEP...it had a lot of helpful information on how to help him get used to routines and about making sure he gets enough sleep, but no :magical answer" to the question of how to do I actually GET him to sleep....it was still informative and I am sure I will use it more once I have him sleeping somewhere other than my arms!!
Several people had recommended this book to me and when I managed to run out to the bookstore between my full-time job and caring for my 4 month old, they didn't have it in stock. When I got back to the office, I looked it up on overstock. Not only did they have it, but they had it at a great price! As for the book once it arrived, it has been incredibly helpful. My daughter always slept well at night but didn't take consistent naps (and rarely slept for more than 30 minutes at a time during the day). After reading this book and using its principles, she is now a good sleeper all around and a happier baby when she is awake!
This book was given to us as a gift and also recommended by a half dozen or so other friends. I have a 12 month old who has always been an excellent sleeper, due in large part I believe, to this book. There have been times that I've had a momentary lapse in sanity, apparently, and deviated from my normal routine which was developed with this book. I get frustrated, not knowing what is going on with my child, re-read the appropriate chapters and go back to our normal routine. Amazingly it always works so I will NEVER deviate from the help this book offers again! Reading this book, which takes you through adolescence, is the best thing you can do for your child. Thank you Dr. Weissbluth!!!
This book will help parents understand WHY their children need sleep as much as they do and the consequences they reap when it doesn't happen. I truly believe that alot of our children's problems might be solved if parents knew how important sleep was for their children.
I absolutely love this book. I have finally gotten my children to sleep well using these techniques. It has all the information you will ever need to get your child to sleep better. I really like how it is broken up into age appropriate sections as well.
The author really helped me to understand the importance of a healthy sleep routine. My 7 month old no longer wakes every two hours to feed. She'll sleep from 7pm to 7am with only one feeding. She is so much happier for it! I highly recommend this book.