Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.1 in
Published: May 23, 2006
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0743201639
ISBN - 13: 9780743201636
About the Book
In this first major revision of his bestselling groundbreaking classic since it was first published 20 years ago, Dr. Ferber provides parents with important new information on children's sleep problems and options and techniques for dealing with them successfully.
Read from the Book
Chapter 1 At the End of Your Rope The most frequent calls I receive at the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children''s Hospital in Boston are from a parent or parents whose children are sleeping poorly. When the parent on the phone begins by telling me "I am at the end of my rope" or "We are at our wits'' end," I can almost predict what will be said next. Typically, the couple or single parent has a young child (often their first), who is between five months and four years of age. Their child does not fall asleep readily at night and/or wakes repeatedly during the night. The parents are tired, frustrated, and often angry. Their own relationship has become tense and they are wondering whether there is something inherently wrong with their child, or if they are unfit patents. In most cases the parents have had lots of advice on how to handle the situation from friends, relatives, even the pediatrician. "Let him cry; you''re just spoiling him," they are told, or "That''s just a phase; wait until she outgrows it." They don''t want to wait but begin to wonder if they will have to, since despite all their efforts and strategies the sleep problem persists. Often the more the parents do to try and solve the problem, the worse it gets. Sooner or later they ask themselves, "How long do I let my child cry -- all night?" And if he or she gets up four, five, and six times at night, "Will this phase pass before we collapse from our own loss of sleep?" Everything seems pretty hopele
Table of Contents
Contents Acknowledgments List of Figures Preface to the Second Edition PART I: YOUR CHILD''S SLEEP CHAPTER 1: At the End of Your Rope Can a Child Just Be a "Poor Sleeper"? How to Tell Whether Your Child Has a Sleep Problem Starting with a Basic Understanding of Sleep CHAPTER 2: What We Know About Sleep Non-REM Sleep REM Sleep How Sleep Stages Develop in Children Children''s Sleep Cycles Sleep and Waking Patterns The Importance of Biological Rhythms CHAPTER 3: Helping Your Child Develop Good Sleep Practices The Importance of Your Child''s Bedtime Routines "Back to Sleep": Reducing the Risk of SIDS Should Your Child Sleep in Your Bed? Specific Issues Related to Co-sleeping The Sleep Challenges of Multiples: Twins and Triplets The Special Toy or Favorite Blanket Developing Good Schedules PART II: THE SLEEPLESS CHILD CHAPTER 4: Sleep Associations: A Key Problem A Typical Sleep Association Problem Why Sleep Associations Matter Wrong Sleep Associations How to Solve the Problem: The Progressive-Waiting Approach Making the Changes in One Step or Several Associations to the Breast, Bottle, or Pacifier Co-sleeping and Related Considerations If Things Are Not Getting Better General Observations CHAPTER 5: The Problem of Limit Setting Who''s in Charge? Difficulty Setting Limits Limits, Associations, Feedings, Schedules, and Fears Setting Limits at Night Limit Setting Problems: Some Examples CHAPTER 6: Feedings During the Night: Another Major Cause of Trouble Is Your Child''s Sleep Proble
From the Publisher
The completely revised and updated edition of the all-time bestselling book on children’s sleep problems, with important new insights and solutions from Dr. Richard Ferber, the nation’s leading authority on children’s sleep problems.
Does your child have difficulty falling asleep? Wake in the middle of the night? Suffer sleep terrors, sleepwalking, or nighttime fears? Have difficulty waking for school or staying awake in class? Snore, wet the bed, or head bang?
In the first major revision of his bestselling, groundbreaking classic since it was published, Dr. Richard Ferber, the nation’s foremost authority on children’s sleep problems, delivers safe, sound ideas for helping your child fall and stay asleep at night and perform well during the day.
Incorporating new research, Dr. Ferber provides important basic information that all parents should know regarding the nature of sleep and the development of normal sleep and body rhythms throughout childhood. He discusses the causes of most sleep problems from birth to adolescence and recommends an array of proven solutions for each so that parents can choose the strategy that works best for them. Topics covered in detail include: Bedtime difficulties and nighttime wakings, effective strategies for naps, sleep schedule abnormalities, a balanced look at co-sleeping, new insights into the nature of sleep terrors and sleepwalking, problems in setting limits, and sleep apnea, narcolepsy, bed-wetting, and head banging.
Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems offers priceless advice and concrete help for a whole new generation of anxious, frustrated, and overtired parents.
Kirkus Reviews Those wrestling with a persistent or more serious problem will find this a real boon.