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The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night

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20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Kind to babies, kind to parents and you're both going to sleep!

If you're reading this, you're probably extremely tired, so I'll try to cut to the chase!

1. The title is a misnomer - it should be "No Cry sleep solutionS". You pick from about 50 different ideas, each tailored for different situations and put a plan together that ...
If you're reading this, you're probably extremely tired, so I'll try to cut to the chase!

1. The title is a misnomer - it should be "No Cry sleep solutionS". You pick from about 50 different ideas, each tailored for different situations and put a plan together that suits your baby and your parenting style. There are ideas for co-cleepers and for cot-sleepers. Ideas for bottle feeders and ideas for breast feeders. Ideas for dummy users, car-seat sleepers, older babies and new borns. It's really individualised.
2. Pantley herself co-slept and breast-fed BUT, unlike almost any other parenting book out there, she not only respects other parenting choices, she provides solutions that will suit the bottle-fed, cot-sleeping baby etc. She is never judgemental, never tells you you have only yourself to blame for your child's sleeplessness and never tells you what to do. I'd read these books even if they didn't work because she's so encouraging! So refreshing not to feel you've been beaten over the head with a stick!
3. She had 4 kids and worked with loads of test families. I only have 1 but she has had 3 periods of poor sleep, 2 after developmental leaps and 1 after 9 days illness. Each time, we've tailored a slightly different plan using this book and the nap book. We've seen about 30-50% improvement immediately which has given us energy to hang on 6-10 more days for a real turnaround. It's not as quick as controlled -crying but it's far less painful. No tears for Mum and Dad and you can look your child in the eye in the morning.
4. This really is a third way - I actually can't contemplate controlled crying but some Attachment Parenting books seem to suggest you leap joyfully out of bed 8 times a night in sheer delight at meeting your child's needs night or day. I'm not going to force my baby to work out how to sleep on her own and if she needs me, she gets me, but if I can gently lead her towards a full night's sleep without tears, it means I can function much better and be the kind of creative, fun, loving Mum I want to be during daylight hours rather than the grouchy wreck I was who was, snappy with everyone, especially those I loved most, and a menace behind the wheel of my car!!!!
I really wish you joy with your baby and I wholeheartedly believe this book will help you experience much more of that.
Just a final note, I thought the nap book would be a rewrite of this one but we have both and it really does have enough new information in it to be worth getting if naps are also an issue.

posted by Mama_Jen on February 25, 2010

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Sleeping twins - thank you!

Elizabeth Pantley gave me hope in our very dark (and very awake) days when our twins were 6 months old. They woke up 7 to 8 times a night (each) at different times, and we were desperate for improvement. I shudder when I remember the tears and silent pleas when you get ...
Elizabeth Pantley gave me hope in our very dark (and very awake) days when our twins were 6 months old. They woke up 7 to 8 times a night (each) at different times, and we were desperate for improvement. I shudder when I remember the tears and silent pleas when you get up again after only half an hour, not to mention the strain it put on my husband and my relationship. Following a twin sleeping plan took determination, but in my opinion, you'll never appreciate something fully if you didn't have to work hard for it. And wow, did it pay off! Our twins are 18 months old now (falling asleep & sleeping by themselves for months), and we just moved them into their own toddler beds. It took just 2 nights for us to realise what they needed to learn to fall asleep in their new beds. Rubbing their backs, sitting with them or lying down next to them quickly calmed them, and just 5 days later I was able to put them down by myself, and merely "sh" for a while. They fell right asleep. I am sooooo impressed with them! They didn't even get off their beds. Elizabeth, thank you so much again for all your wonderful advice...we'll be starting pre-potty training soon, which I feel excited about - thanks to you!

posted by ChristelleB on January 10, 2012

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

    Is it just me or do all of these infant sleep books drive you crazy?!!

    I preface this review by admitting that I have not read this book from cover to cover so perhaps I have missed some really pertinent information. That being said, I cannot say that I recommend this one (or any other that I have referenced for that matter!).

    When it comes to training an infant to sleep, your approach likely falls into one of two categories: a) letting them "cry it out" OR b) comforting them back to sleep. (If anyone has heard of any other methods, PLEASE enlighten me!!!!!!)

    I am on child #2 and I can say I have tried both approaches with little (if any) success. My theory is that a child will sleep through the night when they are ready to do so and that all this sleep training does nothing but wear us parents out!!

    Hope this helps....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2008

    Am I the only one this didn't work for?

    While inspiring and seemingly so gentle and loving this method I am sorry to say didn't work for my son at all. In fact I call it the No-sleep method because before I started this my son wasn't a horrible sleeper but I was trying to prepare him for good sleeping habits so he would sleep through the night. Our life is now a complete nightmare. He used to sleep 4 hours, get up, have a change, eat, and go right back to sleep. No crying ever. Now he wakes every hour and cries, fusses, and will not sleep for any longer than two hours. I really wanted this to work and thought I was doing something fabulous for him and ourselves so when the time came he would be self-sufficient at soothing. I think some babies just need to be allowed to follow their own clock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2007

    Sounds great, dosen't always work

    We read this book with great enthusiasm, but the methods did not work for our child. After using Ms. Pantley's methods for two months, our child now wakes up every 45 minutes. It sounds wonderful to have your baby fall asleep without crying, but it simply dosen't always work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    Not very informative

    While the author's words were generally supportive and reassuring, there was little in this book that was actually helpful in terms of sleep solutions. She offered lots of encouragement but little effective advice. Read it if you want to feel good about being a parent of a child who won't sleep. However, it does not offer much in the way of techniques to improve the situation.

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