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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

by Marc Weissbluth

Random House Publishing Group | April 22, 1999 | Trade Paperback

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child is rated 4.037 out of 5 by 27.
One of the country''s leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving--and preventing--your children''s sleep problems

Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child''s natural sleep cycles. This valuable sourcebook contains brand new research that

- Pinpoints the way daytime sleep differs from night sleep and why both are important to your child
- Helps you cope with and stop the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bedwetting, and more
- Analyzes ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to his internal clock--naturally
- Reveals the common mistakes parents make to get their children to sleep--including the inclination to rock and feed
- Explores the different sleep cycle needs for different temperaments--from quiet babies to hyperactive toddlers
- Emphasizes the significance of a nap schedule
-

Rest is vital to your child''s health growth and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age. Advises parents dealing with teenagers and their unique sleep problems

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 8.2 × 5.52 × 1.17 in

Published: April 22, 1999

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0449004023

ISBN - 13: 9780449004029

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my sleep bible! This book was recommended to me by my doctor (a mother of 2) and it has become my bible. I read it when my first son was a few months old and he slept through the night at 3.5 months. I read the book again when I had my second son, and he slept through the night at only a few weeks old. It is also extremely helpful when developing a nap schedule, as this can be tricky and evolves as your baby gets older. The advice given is sometimes counter-intuitive, but it is explained so thoroughly you understand the rationale. Most importantly, it works. I've given this book to every new mom I know, as a sleeping baby means a sleeping mommy! I would caution that some people find the amount of information overwhelming, or find it difficult to apply the concepts to their own child. I tended to skip through the stories and personal accounts which often got much too specific, and focus on the larger ideas. We still apply these concepts whenever there is a blip in the sleep routines, and we are always able to get back on track.
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good info, bad organisation This book was recommended to me by parents and doulas as the "go to" book for child sleep. I am glad I read it, but it certainly had some significant short falls. (please note that I read it from cover to cover, I didn't just skim it) The biggest "Pro" (and why I think it is such a highly regarded book) is that it looks at sleep as a day-long process, addressing both napping and night time sleeping and how they interrelate. The biggest "Cons" were: - it was very difficult to find specific information. Some topics (such as sleep training) seemed to be dealt with, fragmentedly, in different sections of the book. -I had a hard time trying to figure out what techniques were applicable to which age groups. My child was on the cusp of being age appropriate for sleep training, so this caused me particular stress. The book suggested that the extinction method was the best, as it yielded the quickest results and was hardest for parents to "cheat" and thus sabotage the training. Reading other literature, I found that this was NOT appropriate for a 4 month old, but from what I read in HSHHC, I thought it was. (luckily I didn't try it!) -There was very little practical information on how to implement sleep training methods. As I learned, the devil is in the details...and there were many situations where this book left me hanging. For example, it gave advice for training methods to deal with the first sleep of the night, but did not give information on how to deal with nighttime wakenings. My recommendation to parents: Read this book when your child is very young, maybe before they are born, because you can use the information in it to set the foundation for good sleeping. Then, hopefully, you won't have any sleep problems at all. If you have a kid who isn't a good sleeper, like I did, also read "Solve your child's sleep problems" by Richard Ferber. I had been under the impression that this book would just say to "cry it out", but in fact its message and procedures for sleep training were far more gentle than what I took from HSHHC.
Date published: 2012-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sleep training book! I've read several sleep training books and this is by far the best one. It's method is simple and yet very effective. My son now naps regularly and sleeps pretty much throughout the night. The best part is that it works the minute start. The read is slightly dry, but nothing too dull. However if you want a zero cry sleep solution, this may not be for you. The best thing I can pull from the book is if your timing is right; there is no crying (for both baby and mum!). I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a new baby and wants some regularity in their lives. My son's naps are now consistent throughout the day and he is a very happy three month old little boy!
Date published: 2011-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book for Sleep Ever I bought this book after trying a few different options when my first son was 8 months old and refused to sleep...After two nights following this book he was sleeping 10-12 hours, and now at 3 he is still an awesome sleeper. His 7 month old sister sleeps 12-14 hours a night because we followed this book. I am so thankful and recommend it to everyone I know.
Date published: 2011-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best book on sleep i read so far This book has alot of scientific facts that help understand how good naps and night sleep are important for a baby. Give tips for different age of babies and child. If you dont have time to read the whole book, you can go directly to your babie's age. I would recommend it.
Date published: 2011-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst money spent since the birth of my baby! I purchased this book on the recommendation of a few others and even though I read the poor reviews, I figured that the majority of the positive reviews had to be correct...that this book was in fact work purchasing. WRONG! I read everything...I mean everything. I could not get through this book. Dr. Weissbluth was unbearably repetitive and unbelievably contradictory in his advice. Everything the reviewers said who gave this book poor reviews is true. Thankfully I have a baby who always slept fairly well...I can't imagine having one of the described "fussy" babies and having to get through this book. If you absolutely must read this book because you think that my review is wrong too, please borrow it from the library instead. The $20+ I spent on this book could have purchased quite a few baby items instead of this oversized door stop I'm now stuck with....or better yet...would you like to purchase it from me???
Date published: 2010-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only parenting Book I recommend Most sleep books are anecdotal and not research based. Dr. Weissbluth explains why children need sleep, and what norms are appropriate, and why it shouldn't be negotiable - similar to proper food habits and the use of carseats. Contrary to some posts, he doesn't say you have to let them cry it out, he explains different methods of sleep training and why extinction crying is the easiest. I believe he also notes that about 10% of children are outside of the norms of sleep and may not follow his schedule. We have referred to this time and again when it was time to "retrain" our girls after interrupted sleep patterns. The trick with this or any other book, is it use it with common sense and adjust your approach as it fits your child.
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good This was a pretty good book, it explored napping and bedtime sleep which was appreciated. However, it is a little dry and not easy to read. Lots of evidence and studies as to why sleep and naps are important, which I didn't find very useful.
Date published: 2009-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great help for sleeping my naturopathic doctor recommended this book. My 4 month old was not naping during the day. He was sleeping through the night but would not nap. I read the information in the book and now he is 6 months old and is on a regular nap schedule and goes down without any soothing and/or crying. I am so relieved and happy to have found this book. Some parts are a little repetitive but overall I would recommend this book to anyone needing help with sleeping for their baby.
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Valuable Book The information contained in this book is so informative. I purchased the book when my eldest was 4 months old because he wasn't a good daytime napper. The book gave me the confidence to do what I knew was best for him and within a few days he was on a consistent nap schedule. With my daughter, I started sleep training at 6 weeks and within a week I was able to put he down for naps awake but drowsy after only a few minutes of soothing and she would fall asleep. My family was amazed at how easy of a sleeper she was. The book is a little disorganized with the information so it is best to read the beginning chapters and then go to the specific age of your child.
Date published: 2008-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most important book I bought and read I read this book first while very sleep-deprived and then re-read it later when not so wiped. It helped us enormously. The earlier you read it, the better because it helps you put your baby to sleep so she can learn to fall asleep on her own (not be rocked to sleep). The second most important thing I learned was how to recognise your baby is tired and to put her to bed, for naps and the night, before she is overtired and cannot fall asleep easily. There are many more important things I learned from this book, too many to mention here. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Date published: 2008-01-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from "Disappointing" I bought this book because so many people seemed to rave about it. But, in my case, it failed dismally to live up to my expectations. My daughter is the type of child Weissbluth labels as "extremely fussy" and "difficult" (which is true, although I would describe it as "spirited" and eager to laugh when pleased and shout when not). She sleeps 12 hours straight at night but refuses to take naps. Weissbluth's advice - basically a fancy way of saying "let her cry it out" (for up to an hour for each nap! - that's 3 hours a day of "crying it out"). Don't buy if if you are the type of parent who refuses to let your child cry endlessly. The book also contains lots of inconsistencies - for example, he states as a fundamental principle "never wake a sleeping baby" but 5 pages later says to "wake a baby up at 7 am" and "wake a baby up after a 1 hour nap". I'm sure his principles work for many children but certainly not mine.
Date published: 2007-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worked for us After trying 4 different books, this is the one that finally worked for us. It was recommended to us by our community health unit and it is the most comprehensive reference we have read on the subject of sleep. It takes into account not only ages but temperaments as well, which I think is just as important. After reading the parts that pertained to us our daughter finally started to sleep through the night. It really gave us confidence in the methods we were trying. Totally recommend it.
Date published: 2007-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book - very helpful I found this book to be very helpful when I was having problems with my childrens napping and sleeping. It's really a great resource and I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to get their children on some sort of sleep schedule.
Date published: 2007-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Sleep Book! I purchased this book after the arrival of our second child and wished I had it for our first. After many mistakes with our first born I was determined not to do it again. I had read many other books on sleep since I hadn't slept through the night for 4 years and then found this one. I must have been reading a different book than the other reviewers because I found the author to be compasionate and understanding for each age level. I didn't have to read every page of the book - just the beginning and then I went to the specific chapter addressing the age of my baby. He explains how to look for the clues when you're first starting out and I found him to be spot-on. I can see these same signs in other babies as well - he's definitley done his research. He clearly states that every child is different and there are always exceptions and to find what's best for you and your baby. Dr. Weissbluth is encouraging and for people like me who want to understand the 'why' about sleep patterns, he explains it. I learned a lot and now have a happy and well-rested baby (and family). I recommend this book to all parents with young children and especially expectant mothers - take time to read at least the first half of the book before the baby comes because you'll be too tired after!
Date published: 2007-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It worked for me!!! I had read many books to try and educate myself on my childs sleep habits. For months I was lucky if my child was sleeping a couple of hours in a row at night. My child was 4 months old when I bought this book. After reading a few chapters that concerned what I was going through, I fully understood everything. I started following what was described in the book. My child started sleeping 12 hours straight in no time!! I couldn't believe it. I thought it would never happen. My friends and family to this day are amazed. My child is now 17 months old and its great. I have recommended this book to 4 other mothers (with children ranging from new born to 3 years) all if them went out and bought the book. All who continue to thank me as their children are all now sleeping well at night and their families are well rested. All of our children have early bed times and we all have time for ourselves to take a breath of fresh air.
Date published: 2006-12-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the money My husband and I both tried to read this, and both gave up. The author goes on and on with statistics - they don't help me get my child to sleep! He was often contradictory, and very repetitive! But the most confusing thing was that his "strategies" for sleep were all lumped together regardless of your child's age. I know I can't tell a 3 month old to look at the clock before getting out of bed - but it's hard to determine which of the other strategies are age-appropriate. Instead of reading this book, I should have tried to grab some extra shut-eye.
Date published: 2006-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Still sleepless Harsh, unforgiving, poorly written, contradictory. This book could've been about a third the length, had the editors done their job. If there's a concise way to say something, Dr.W says anything and everything else possible. Did it help me get more sleep? Not even a wink. As another reviewer noted, he contradicts himself. He takes a very harsh stand, essentially writing that the only way is to let them cry all night and not answer their calls and you're a fool if you try anything else. Ugh. No-THANKS. I'm not yet that sleep deprived.
Date published: 2006-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get This Book! This is by far the best parenting book I have ever read. The book is well researched and Weissbluth is smart, knowlegable, and compassionate. This program works. We had four people recommend this book to us. We read the book when our baby, Rachael, was born, and we followed all of the advice in the book. Rachael has been an excellent sleeper, and the whole family is well-rested. People actually don't believe us when we tell them how well our child sleeps. Everyone comments on how happy Rachael is. It is just an incredible book and will put a lot of things into perspective for you. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very boring reading. It is a lot of repetitive sleep "facts". A lot sounds like maybe he is not really that sure of the subject. States in one part.."never wake a sleeping baby" and then goes on in another part that you have to control their wake up time to ensure healthy sleeping. Has not been helpful and some stuff I've even laughed at, like when he stated something to the effect that their may be no proven benefits of breastfeeding vs. formula. You can tell he has no idea about breastfeeding and talks about supplementing for sore nipples, like its normal to have sore nipples while BF? Any ways its so boring that each page is antagonizing to get through. Ignore your childs cries at night? Nothing like a lot of insecurity and abandonment to help your child sleep. Ridiculous!!
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An essential read for parents and babies alike. Twins. We had not slept a full night in almost 8months before discovering this book. After a careful read, the first day included several real naps, an early to-bed routine, and we experienced the first complete night since their birth. Even with both crying babies in the same bed-crib (as recommended) they managed to sleep. The four of us (especially the sleep deprived parents) are thankful to have invested in this book.
Date published: 2006-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heidi This is an excellent book. A must read for all parents. I found the information to be practical and sensible. Having read pretty much all other books on the subject I can honestly say that this is the best. It is not gimmicky in any way. Also, since the author is a doctor and a father, he is speaking from both personal and professional experience. The doctor offers a wide variety of sleep options and ideas to assist you in dealing with sleep issues. I really like this book and will reccomend it to all my friends.
Date published: 2005-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Book! Before reading this book I had a 6 month old who would wake 8-12 times a night and seldom napped. Sleep deprivation was having a profound negative effect on myself and the rest of my family. This book changed my life! I learned about how sleep works, and discovered strategies to help my daughter sleep better. Within two days my daughter slept eleven hours straight! We couldn't believe it! We have now established a sensible, workable sleep routine for our daughter that works for all of us! It's amazing how different the world looks when you've had a good night's sleep!
Date published: 2005-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST This is a must read for parents. It gives many ideas for solutions to sleep problems. I started it when my son was 9 months old and a horrible sleeper. He is now a happy healthy sleeper at 16 months. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2005-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It worked for us We got this book (recommended by our daughter's doctor) when our daughter was 8 months old as we were at our wits end. She had started to sleep for 6-8 hours in a row but at weird times of the day and we tried to keep her up later so she would sleep later in the morning (late being past 5am) etc.. then it became worse she would be up every 2-3 hours. Within 2 weeks of getting the booking and following the advice she was sleeping through the night we just had to learn that she was an early riser. She's now 3 years old and sleeps great 12-14 hours, goes to sleep on her own, it's an amazing difference. We'd still be tired if we didn't follow the advice in the book. It's truly worth your time to read and put in to practice.
Date published: 2005-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ FOR ALL PARENTS! What an excellent book! Explains the vital necessity of appropriate sleep of babe, toddler, child, & adolescent. Troubleshooting sleep issues discussed. Respecting & protecting baby's sleep is explained well. Baby needs sleep to develop well. An excellent baby shower gift! Good idea to read while pregnant.
Date published: 2004-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child Easy and convincing reading. I put into practice all the recommendations from this book and my 2 year old has had excellent sleep habits since she was 4 months old. A colleague of mine swears by the techniques in this book too. Well rested child, well rested parents.
Date published: 2000-02-16

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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

by Marc Weissbluth

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 8.2 × 5.52 × 1.17 in

Published: April 22, 1999

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0449004023

ISBN - 13: 9780449004029

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Infants and children who are still of tender age [may be] attacked by . . . wakefulness at night. —Aulus Cornelius Celsus, a.d. 130 Sleeplessness in children and worrying about sleeplessness have been around for a long time. Healthy sleep appears to come so easily and naturally to newborn babies. Effortlessly, they fall asleep and stay asleep. Their sleep patterns, however, shift and evolve as the brain matures during the first few weeks and months. Such changes may result in “day/night confusion”—long sleep periods during the day and long wakeful periods at night. This is bothersome, but it is only a problem of timing. The young infant still does not have any difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. After several weeks of age, though, parents can shape natural sleep rhythms and patterns into sleep habits. It comes as a surprise to many parents that healthy sleep habits do not develop automatically. In fact, parents can and do help or hinder the development of healthy sleep habits. Of course, children will spontaneously fall asleep when totally exhausted—“crashing” is a biological necessity! But this is unhealthy, because extreme fatigue (often identified by “wired” behavior immediately preceding the crash) interferes with normal social interactions and even learning. You should not assume that it is “natural” for all children to get peevish, irritable, or cranky at the end of the day. Well-rested children
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From the Publisher

One of the country''s leading researchers updates his revolutionary approach to solving--and preventing--your children''s sleep problems

Here Dr. Marc Weissbluth, a distinguished pediatrician and father of four, offers his groundbreaking program to ensure the best sleep for your child. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child''s natural sleep cycles. This valuable sourcebook contains brand new research that

- Pinpoints the way daytime sleep differs from night sleep and why both are important to your child
- Helps you cope with and stop the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bedwetting, and more
- Analyzes ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to his internal clock--naturally
- Reveals the common mistakes parents make to get their children to sleep--including the inclination to rock and feed
- Explores the different sleep cycle needs for different temperaments--from quiet babies to hyperactive toddlers
- Emphasizes the significance of a nap schedule
-

Rest is vital to your child''s health growth and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age. Advises parents dealing with teenagers and their unique sleep problems

From the Jacket

“I love Dr. Weissbluth’s philosophy that the most important thing to have is a well-rested family. And fortunately, thanks to this book, most days (and nights) we do!”
–from the Foreword by Cindy Crawford


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

A pediatrician with thirty-two years of experience, Marc Weissbluth, M.D., is also a leading researcher on sleep and children. He founded the original Sleep Disorders Center at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital and is a professor of clinical pediatrics at Northwestern University School of Medicine. Dr. Weissbluth discovered that sleep is linked to temperament and that sleeping problems are related to infant colic. His landmark seven-year study on the development and disappearance of naps highlighted the importance of daytime sleep. In addition to his own research, he has written about sleep problems in manuals of pediatrics, lectured extensively to parent groups, and appeared on Oprah. Dr. Weissbluth has four sons, two grandsons, and, thankfully, one granddaughter–and they are all good sleepers. Linda, his wife of more than forty years, has provided both inspiration and original ideas for this book.

From Our Editors

A child’s sleeping patterns should be the concern of every parent. It is as vital to their health as vitamins, proper diet and sound exercise. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, Dr. Marc Weissbluth updates his step-by-step program for instituting healthy habits within the framework of a child’s natural sleep cycles.

Editorial Reviews

“I love Dr. Weissbluth’s philosophy that the most important thing to have is a well-rested family. And fortunately, thanks to this book, most days (and nights) we do!”
–from the Foreword by Cindy Crawford
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