Sleep is something all new parents want, both for themselves and their babies. This book offers background information and practical steps to help you establish a routine with your baby that will look after his or her needs – and yours, too. New parents are given all sorts of conflicting advice on how best to get their baby to sleep through the night. For example, should he/she sleep in your bed, in your room beside your bed or in another room altogether? Should you leave your baby when he/she wakes or cries? Penney Hames tackles every issue, including cot death, and talks about each technique. She examines the need for routine, a comfortable sleep environment and a baby’s sleep patterns at different ages and stages. She also explores research into how a child’s sleep pattern might reflect its character, well-being, health, and even intelligence, thereby debunking myths and extracting the truth. Two-colour with black and white pictures. The main message Penney Hames gives is that parents should make their own minds up and she offers advice on where to get help with addresses of sleep clinics and other support agencies.