The Good Sleeper

The Good Sleeper

The Essential Guide to Sleep for your Baby--and You

Book - 2015
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"Cry it out or co-sleep? Bassinet or swing? White noise machine or Bach? How many hours anyway? For something so important, there's too much conflicting information about how best to get your baby to sleep through the night and nap successfully during the day. This book is a straightforward, no-nonsense answer to one of the biggest challenges new parents face when they welcome a brand new baby home. This book is written for exhausted parents, giving them immediate access to the information they need. Reassuring and easy to understand, Dr. Kennedy addresses head-on the fears and misinformation about the long-term effects of crying and takes a bold stand on controversial issues such as co-sleeping and attachment parenting. With polarizing figures and techniques dominating the marketplace--and spawning misinformation across the internet--Dr. Kennedy's methods and practices create an extensively researched and parent-tested approach to sleep training that takes both babies' and parents' needs into account to deliver good nights and days of sleep, and no small dose of peace of mind. THE GOOD SLEEPER is a practical, empowering--and even entertaining--guide to help parents understand infant sleep. This research-based book will teach parents the basics of sleep science, determine how and when to intervene, and provide tools to solve even the most seemingly impossible sleep problems"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Holt Paperbacks, [2015]
Characteristics: xv, 286 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780805099430 (paperback)
0805099433 (paperback)
Call Number: 649.122 KENNEDY

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julietluu
Dec 02, 2016

This book was life changing. My daughter sleeps 12 hrs straight since I've read book over 1 year ago! Before reading book, My 14 month baby was the worst sleeper- wanted to be fed in middle of night, rocked, held, or sang to sleep every night. Would let us put her down or leave the room without crying. She slept late (9pm) and woke up multiple times, then woke up early. I implemented the authors recommendation as I read chapter by chapter. My daughter responded well over 2 weeks of gradual training and I didn't have to do cry it initially (but months later I did). Author writes concise, direct (not a long read compared to other popular sleep books). I appreciated this since I was sleep deprived and didn't have time nor the focus to read books with wordy explanations. Author knows her stuff! Book has become a great reference for sleep training as my daughter grows, when we travel, and daylight saving changes happen.

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danielestes
Jan 13, 2015

Boy, I found this book just in the nick of time. Or it found me. Either way I'm grateful. Back then I was only dimly aware of how badly I would need the help and soon.

Recap: My wife and I became new parents three months ago, and my son was barely six weeks old when I picked up Janet Krone Kennedy's The Good Sleeper. As with most newborns, I wasn't getting much sleep and my wife was getting even less. New babies are naturally underdeveloped sleepers—and this is in addition to the frequent feedings they require—but I didn't realize how easy it would be for bad sleep habits to form if we didn't start working on good ones now. So we started following the advice in this book and within a couple weeks our son was consistently sleeping through the night.

Janet Kennedy is an advocate of the cry-it-out method to correct sleep problems, and thank god for her. Admittedly, my experience to date is only one subject, my son, and my casual observation of other couples who had kids with sleep problems. Not a significant sample group. Still, we nudged our son's bedtime earlier little by little and then allowed him to cry-it-out at around 8-10 weeks. The results were like night and day. We needed thick skin as he protested quite a bit at times, but I think our advantage was that he was too young to know otherwise. He didn't have time to put two and two together and realize that his parents might respond to excessive crying. We nipped that early on. Sounds harsh you say? You wouldn't know it by the big smile he greets us with each morning after 7-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

For those of you unwilling to try the cry-it-out solution or simply can't bring yourself to endure it, the author does offers a variety of other solutions. And most seem to work, eventually. They'll just require a lot more time and patience.

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