Top critical review
Do not recommend
Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2018
My worst parenting purchases to date. I’m assuming most people purchasing this would be in the same boat as we were - baby isn’t sleeping; parents are losing their minds. This book rambles on and on about the importance of sleep, which we’re all aware of and is the reason we’re buying books to help us, and does so in a way that makes you feel like a failure as a parent. I had serious anxiety that my baby was going to end up the class bully and a total problem child because at 4 months he wasn’t sleeping through the night. The author seems to think there is only one way in the world that works to get babies to sleep and that is “extinction” - lock them in a room alone all night and don’t go in until morning, regardless of how hard they cry. While that may work for some, it doesn’t work for all and there was no way I could do that with my baby. He mentions other strategies but is quick to bash them. He manipulates research and uses anecdotal accounts to try to strengthen his argument for extinction. If you’ve tried everything and are looking for a book to make you feel ok about going the extinction route, I guess you could buy this book but skim it - don’t read the whole redundant thing. But, honestly, there are better books out there that will make you feel like a good parent for using this or any other sleep strategy that are a quarter of the length of this. We ended up buying Precious Little Sleep and it was the best baby book so far.