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Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems: New, Revised, and Expanded Edition

by Richard Ferber

Touchstone | May 23, 2006 | Trade Paperback

Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems: New, Revised, and Expanded Edition is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 12.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.1 in

Published: May 23, 2006

Publisher: Touchstone

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743201639

ISBN - 13: 9780743201636

Found in: Family and Relationships

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ONLY BOOK that helped my daughter! I had tried for 5 months to solve my cat-napping baby problem. My daughter was 7 months and still taking 4 short naps that left her tired, fussy and cranky. Although she is a good night sleeper, her days were putting added stress on my husband and I. I read 3 books trying to resolve the issue to no avail. These books actually made things worse by encouraging the cat-napping or offering techniques that did not work for my baby. I honestly don't know why some people think of Ferber as some kind of tyrant. I did not endure any crying with my daughter, just used his "common sense" tactics that actually worked. He not only explains the science behind sleep but also explains infant and child sleep behaviors in an interesting and helpful way. By getting to the root of the cat-napping issue, I was able to drastically reduce the overall times she took short naps. The result? A happier, well rested baby and mommy. I might agree that for some people, letting your baby cry might be hard and painful so this method is not for everyone. Honestly, my daughter only fussed a bit. THAT'S IT. If your having sleep issues, do yourself a favor and give this book a try. There may be other methods instead of "crying-it-out" that you can implement. Isn't good sleep worth it?
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally a good night's sleep! If you have the stomach for it, this book really works. We had tried the no-cry methond for 6 weeks and weren't getting anywhere. I was very reluctant to try this method as our 8 month old is a very happy contented baby overall and I was worried that he wouldn't be as happy after a few nights of crying. Well he is still the happy contented baby he was before but now sleeps 9 hours before waking up and is able to put himslef back to sleep for at least another hour or two. It only took 4 days.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what we needed! It works!!! We tried many other 'sleep theories' and still not getting any sleep, after two nights of following the Ferber method we are sleeping like a dream! My daughter was waking every 1.5 hours for 6 months and now is sleeping 9 hours in a row, up for a bottle and back to bed for another 3 hours! Should have used this book a few months ago.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works, but not for the faint of heart After months of bedtime battles, my daughter is now sleeping the night in her own bed. It only took three nights of the Ferber Method to accomplish this. I first tried Elizabeth Pantley's, "No Cry Sleep Solution" and found it not to be helpful. My daughter would not be put down asleep or awake without screaming. Usually after the 7th or 8th time trying to settle her in her crib, we gave up and brought her into bed with us. While I didn't mind cozying up with my daughter for a daytime nap (I love that kind of closeness) having her in bed with us was causing no end of troubles. I slept in the same position all night, which caused me to have back aches constantly, and she wanted to nurse all night long. Advocates of cosleeping would say we should just be there for our child whenever they want us, but I ask you - have you ever had a night where it seemed like you were awake every hour on the hour? How did you feel the next day? My daughter was waking up regularly while in bed with us to root around and try to nurse. How much rest was she really getting? I know how much rest my husband and I were getting and it certainly wasn't enough. The first few days of using Ferber's method were torture. It would almost have been easier to just listen to our daughter cry on the monitor, but as Ferber doesn't recommend this, we went in dutifully at increasing intervals. We found our daughter screaming, with tearstained cheeks. We hugged her, stroked her hair, whispered gently to her and then left. Leaving is terribly difficult with your child reaching out to you, but we continued and after the third night she was only crying for 15 minutes, and then sleeping the whole night with only about one episode of whimpering in the early morning hours. Tonight, day 7, I rocked her until she was almost asleep. She whimpered slightly as I put her in her crib, but then she just looked up at me, rolled over and went to sleep. PEACE AT LAST!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only book worth reading on children's sleep Of all the authors on babies' sleep, Ferber by far has the most impressive credentials. In fact, he is the only one who even attempts to give parents a thorough understanding of how children's sleep works. Even if you don't use the methods referred to in his book, you will walk away knowing just about everything you need to know about children's sleep to approach whatever problem you are having. You will also have a much better appreciation for the importance of sleep for your children's health and growth. I applied Ferber's methods on weaning, night-time sleep, naps, and schedule problems with 2 children and can say that he was bang-on in all respects. They both turned into terrific sleepers in a matter of days. Also, I'm not a shrink and don't have a crystall ball, but all indications are that these methods have not done anything to "scar" my children. To the contrary, their good sleep habits have made them happier and healthier. It's one of those situations where, unfortunately, you don't know if it's the right thing or the wrong thing until you've tried it. Most critics of Ferber have not.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from be very careful with this approach I have a 9 month old who woke up every two hours to breastfeed. I tried the Ferber method for 3 nights and my baby lost his voice from crying so much. Maybe the method would have worked if I had endured this for longer but I wasn't impressed. In addition, my baby now had a negative association with the crib (because I left him there by himself). I had much better success with Elizabeth Pantley's book ("The no-cry sleep solution"). She uses the same background information as Ferber but then suggests numerous humane ways of teaching your child to sleep on his own. After just 2 nights, he slept for 6 hour stretches, with no crying at all. (6 hours is excellent for a baby at 9 months). Pantley has several solutions which can be applied depending on the outcome you want (i.e. crib sleeping vs. co-sleeping). To be fair, the Ferber book has a good section describing the science of sleep and also has some good suggestions for older children who have nightmares or who wet the bed. For infants less than 1 year, however, I think the Ferber method is inappropriate.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must read for parents Finally, some reassurance for frazzled parents. This book offers practical solutions and sensible explanations for your child's sleeping patterns and problems. I personally was relieved to read that what our family was going through was not only considered normal, but that we could make some posative changes. I would highly recommend this book to any parent.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I talk about this book to everyone!!! This book was referred to me by a friend with the same problems getting their children to sleep. At first I was skeptical, but I tried the method as outlined in the book and it REALLY works. I spent years of sleepless nights and went through torture getting my kids to bed. After following this approach in just ONE day they were sleeping on their own. All it took was a little will power and the strenght from this book. I know it sounds corny, but knowing there are others out there who are having the same problems somehow empowered me!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every Parents' Bible This is the best book regarding parenting. Every parent should read this book before having a baby. I have two children 3 and 6, and I still refer to it. It really really works. You don't have to have sleepless nights. Referred to me by the Sick Kids Sleep Disorder Clinic. A definite read for new parents.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful! I totally disagree with the Cry it Out Method. It's totally inhumane and may damage your child according to some leading pediatricians. I wouldn't treat an animal the way Ferber says I should treat my child. I recommend The Baby Book by Dr William Sears and Good Nights by Dr Jay Gordon. If you care about your child, don't read this book.
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This method works I bought the book and we started on friday night. My sons sleep has greatly improved and we are only on day 4.. today I put him down for his nap and he was asleep within 5 minutes. And last night he only woke up once between 10 and 6.30 (compared to 5-7 times before) My son is 6 months and I have not slept this much since he was born (and neither has he by the way) I strongly recommend this book to other parents.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GET THIS BOOK!! If your infant or toddler is not sleeping 15-16 hours a day...get this book, and watch your child become happier, smarter, easier, etc. The only downfall, once you see the positive effect, you will feel guilty you didn't do this sooner. Couldn't recommend it more, and best of all, it becomes a great reference book providing different advice as your child sleep needs change.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems: New, Revised, and Expanded Edition

by Richard Ferber

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.1 in

Published: May 23, 2006

Publisher: Touchstone

Language: English

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.

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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
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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
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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.

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