The Gentle Sleep Book: For Calm Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Gentle Sleep Book offers gentle, no-tears sleep solutions for exhausted parents of newborns to five-year-olds.
A large percentage of parents find their young children's sleep - or lack of - challenging. This new audiobook from Sarah Ockwell-Smith, founder of BabyCalm, will be an indispensable guide for parents, whatever challenges they are facing with their child's sleep - from the day they bring their newborn home until their child is settled in at school.
Examining everything from frequent night waking in babyhood through bedwetting in toddlerhood to nightmares and refusal to go to bed in preschoolers, this audiobook provides extensive scientific and anecdotal information plus plenty of gentle suggestions to help everyone get a good night's sleep.
This is a gentle, evidence-based approach that doesn't involve leaving a baby to cry or shutting a sobbing child in his or her bedroom.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 45 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 26, 2016|
|Publisher||Hachette Audio UK|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #28,929 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#50 in Parenting Infants & Toddlers
#89 in Sleep Disorders
#277 in Physical Illness & Disease
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Anyway, I tried some cry it own (knowing it wasn't for me) and I tried pick up put down. I never even got far enough to try extinction or any of the other sleep training methods. One night, lying on the floor mattress with a 18 month old contently laying next to me and my husband sleeping alone in a king sized bed in the next room I found this book and decided to give it a try.
The author is intelligent and infomed on the subject, both as a professional and a mom. The writing style is easy to follow. At the beginning she asks you to read all the chapters, but shares how you can skip ahead if you really want. I opted to read the whole book and really appreciated it - sometimes you do that and feel like it is a waste. I learned not only about infant and child sleep, but adult sleep. It also just perfectly tees up the next section where she shares specific recommendations for your child's age group.
I went into reading this book with a different vision than I had at the end, but as any parent knows we have to stay flexible! What I realized is that I'm not that far off from where I want to be. Also, the author provides some extra tools and tricks to help make baby more comfortable in their own room without you.
So, I'm extremely happy that I got the book. I'm smarter, but I also feel a whole lot better about where I am and where we want to be.
Her approach is very specific and simply won’t work for everyone and anyone. For example she is a big advocate for bed sharing (upwards to school age), which isn’t for everyone. It’s a very holistic approach and she makes it clear that you don’t change things over night. If anything she reassures you throughout that the way your baby sleeps is normal, but don’t expect to find a magic solution in this book.
I appreciated some of the content, but my advice to sleep deprived parents... save your money when it comes to sleep experts/training and know that this too shall pass.
This book along with a couple of social media accounts made me realize the biological norm of how babies sleep and I finally let go of feeling guilty and accepted that my baby is normal (although not a “good” sleeper). I love Sarah’s practical and gentle approach and bought another one of her books. She is my only source for all things baby/toddler now. Wish I’d found her sooner!!
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This book is the only one I would suggest reading in regards to realistic expectations about baby/toddler sleep as it references actual research and doesn’t make you feel like a failure if you have a little sleep thief like I do. Now that I’m a more experienced parent I would say wholeheartedly please please trust your instincts, not what some “sleep trainer” may tell you about leaving your child to cry. Babies and toddlers are human beings with a strong need to connect with us, you will get through the sleepless nights and you really will sleep again.
My son has actually been diagnosed recently with sleep apnoea (potentially from enlarged adenoids). This book briefly covers this condition. What this book really helped me to do was trust my instincts about keeping him close, responding to him, comforting him and breastfeeding on demand. I also appreciated the advice about bedtime routines and gentle night-weaning (it really is possible to gently nightwean a boob monster!). What I didn’t need to hear from well meaning friends, relatives and even misinformed health professionals was that I had created a sleep problem by responding to and breastfeeding my child on demand.
Despite his sleep apnoea, sleep has actually improved naturally over time just like this book encourages you it will. And I say that as a parent of a child who has had the worst sleep out of everyone I know!
Buy 'The Baby Sleep Guide' by Stephanie Modell instead.
On the plus side it includes evidence based suggestions and talks about the not being any quick fix, which is sensible advice. I