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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

by Marc Weissbluth

Random House Publishing Group | October 4, 2005 | Hardcover

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 8.
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
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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: Hardcover

Dimensions: 544 pages, 8.5 × 5.9 × 1.3 in

Published: October 4, 2005

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345486455

ISBN - 13: 9780345486455

Found in: Family and Relationships

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why didn't I know about this book earlier? I was recommended this book, and it instantly became my favourite parenting book. The sleep deprived child that Weissbluth describes was our baby boy! I got fast results for a child that was becoming increasingly irritable, frustrated and aggressive. I liked Weissenbluth's statement that babies should not have to cry themselves to sleep - if they are crying themselves to sleep, then caregivers aren't putting them to bed early enough. I had previously been trying to rock and gently coax our little guy to sleep when he started to rub his eyes and whine, resulting in tantrums. I didn't realize that he needed to have naps after only being wakeful for an hour and a half at a time. I have since been picking up on his sleepy cues far earlier, and putting him to sleep directly in his bed - the result being an altogether less stressful bedtime for both of us, and a happier, more relaxed and rested baby. Now I am trying to figure out how I can spread the word about this book to all new parents!
Date published: 2007-06-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Other books are better... This book has some good information, but it's all very disjointed and his belief in the "cry-it-out" technique seems harsh. I'm sure "cry-it-out" works, but there are other ways to help your little one sleep well. Get "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley instead - it has all the great info but Elizabeth is sensetive to the emotions you and your baby feel. My little 6 month old boy and I are much happier following her advice.
Date published: 2007-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have!!!! About a month after we brought our son home, we started our research on how to establish his sleep routine. He was very fussy at bedtime and was difficult to put down for daytime naps. We read a number of books without any success. Finally, at 4 months of age, this book was recommended to us and within one day of implementing Dr. Weissbluth's suggestions, our son was sleeping through the night and napping wonderfully through the day. We were very lucky to have immediate results, but every child is different and some may take longer to settle into their new routine. I swear by this book and highly recommend it to anyone who is having difficulty establishing a sleep routine for their child/children.
Date published: 2007-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enormously helpful A great book for your first or third child. I keep it at arms length at all times. The book has helped us through some tough nights. It improved our girls sleep quality and their "attitude" during the day. No more fussy time at night for both the girls.
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must We started to use this book with our first child when he was around 3 months. He is now two years old and sleeps 11-12 hours a night and naps every day without a problem. Although I find some of the suggestions harsh (specially if it is your first child), it's amazing to see the accuracy of the guidelines (6 week crying peak, window of 1-2 hours for a baby to nap, etc.) My second child is now 5 months old and this book continues to be a great source of information.
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Frustration I find this book very frustrating. I find the information all over the place and at times contradictory. He also keeps bringing up exceptions that throw his theories off. At the end of a chapter I still don't know what I am supposed to do. Not helpful at all.
Date published: 2006-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from God Sent I wish I would've read this book 5 months ago!! Although the information is GREAT, the organization of the info isn't as clear as it could have been. However, the book covers from newborns to teens, different types of babies and parenting styles, and lets you choose which approach best suits your family. After 2 days of applying the books' strategies, I now have a 5 month old who sleeps through the night, and never fusses when put down for naps. A true must for all new parents!!
Date published: 2005-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of great info, but a bit disorganized As a new parent I found this book very useful. It went through all the different stages of normal sleep patterns for a newborn right up to a toddler. There is almost too much information in this book and although attempts are made to organize it well (like summaries at the end of each major section, and breaking it down into age categories), I still found that I really needed to wade through all the info to find out what I needed to know, and then even reread it later. Another thing I liked about this book is that he doesn't advocate you must let your child cry it out but rather says if there is no sleep problem, there is no reason not to nurse or rock your baby to sleep. All in all, a good reference, just be prepared to read it several times!
Date published: 2005-05-28

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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

by Marc Weissbluth

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 544 pages, 8.5 × 5.9 × 1.3 in

Published: October 4, 2005

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345486455

ISBN - 13: 9780345486455

About the Book

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

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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

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.

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