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Sunday, April 8, 2012

hush little baby ! PART TWO

A few more books about sleeping children!

The No-Cry Sleep Solution - Gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night by Elizabeth Pantley

This author is very against the Cry It Out method. She tried it with her first child (of four) and did not like that her daughter was sobbing and seemed terrified. She presents some research about why she does not agree with it.

With her No-Cry Sleep Solution, she tested it out on moms and babies:
On page 17, "By day 10, 42 percent of the babies were sleeping through the night. By day 20, 53 percent were sleeping through the night. By day 60, 92 percent were sleeping through the night." Her method takes time and patience. She said to avoid crying it out you have to put in time to help a baby learn to sleep.

She encourages putting babies - starting from newborn - to bed sleepy but not asleep, even if sucking on the breast or bottle, in an attempt to help the baby learn to soothe herself later on to fall asleep on her own.

She encourages having a lovey toy or blanket for infants to accompany them to bed. She wrote about setting up a bedtime routine early on and an early bedtime. If baby cries in the night, you go to her and gradually shorten the amount of time you are there helping her to bed. Her method begins by comforting baby by picking her up, then very slowly and gradually getting to a point where you just pat the baby, sing to her from outside the crib, eventually moving to the doorway to simply talk to her to soothe her.

This book has great questions, surveys and charts and logs for you to document your baby's sleep patterns before and during the process of helping him sleep through the night.

While she is very much against the strict Cry It Out method, she does believe in walking away from a baby who is fussing in an attempt to teach him to soothe himself and thus fall asleep on his own. It just takes longer in her method, but feels better to the mother.


The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Elizabeth Pantley

The author came up with 8 tips for great sleeping children:
1. Maintain a consistent bedtime and waking time 7 days a week. Most toddlers go to bed naturally around 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. She suggested that the later a toddler goes to bed the more night wakings a child will have and the earlier he will wake up.

2. Encourage regular daily naps.
Naps help children be less fussy and have a greater attention span.

3. Set your child's biological clock. In the morning when it's time to wake up, show your child some light to alert her it's time to wake up. Same thing at night, keep it dark to alert that it's bed time.

4. Develop a consistent bedtime routine. Consistency and routine create feelings of security and reliability for your child. It helps them sleep easier also knowing what to expect.

5. Create a cozy sleep environment. Encourage a lovey to sleep with, comfortable bed and blankets, adequate temperature in the room, white noise if needed, etc.

6. Provide the right nutrition to improve sleep. Fatty, greasy, spicy, caffeinated foods can disrupt sleep patterns. Milk and proteins and real carbohydrates can aid in sleep.

7. Help your child be healthy and fit. Watching TV impacts a child's sleep in a negative way. Physical activity helps relax a child. However, the author cautions against being too physically active within 1-2 hours before nap or bedtime, as it can give too much energy.

8. Teach your child how to relax and fall asleep. Reading before bed, saying prayers, singing songs, etc. helps a child relax and fall asleep instead of lying in bed awake.

This is a great sleep resource. The second half of the book is dedicated to all types of toddler sleep issues like night wakings due to nightmares or wanting to eat, etc. Great resources.


Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber, M.D.

On page 74, the author gives a great step-by-step list of how to help a child learn to soothe himself and fall asleep on his own. It even gives the number of minutes a parent should wait before going into the room to help the baby. For example, on day 1, the first waking a parent should wait 3 minutes, second waking 5 minutes, third waking 10 minutes, etc.

It is important to set limits, especially at night time.

This book offers great information, many how-to charts and lists of steps of what to do in sleep concerns like nightmares or when a child won't sleep through the night due to feedings.


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