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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 January 10, 2012

    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 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!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2010

    Not for me

    I wanted this more gentle approach to work but, unfortunately, "cry-it-out" was the winner. If I picked up my son every time he cried at night neither of us would ever sleep and, in fact, he cried harder when he saw me. The bottom line is that you have to try different methods and do whatever works for you and your baby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Didn't work for me

    While this book has some great ideas and suggestions, my baby did not respond to them. Instead, she's gone from not needing a pacifier to needing one to fall asleep, and only going back to sleep if we're standing by her crib, patting her tummy. I've been following the suggestions in this book faithfully for four months now, and I'm sad to say that this hasn't worked for me. It's a good book, but it just doesn't work for my baby. It might for someone else, but, all babies are different and mine falls into a different category than those who respond to these suggestions. So, I say, give it a try, but if it doesn't work, then it's okay. You just need to figure out something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2003

    It doesn't work for everyone

    My beloved little girl has been a high need child from about day 2 of her life. She is now 16 months and has only slept 5 hours straight 2-3 times ever. I was excited when I read this book, but it did not change our life. We instituted a bedtime routine and she eventually walked happily to bed, but that ended and she is back to fussing. I did the journal and found no revelations in them. And it is very hard to write in a journal when you are sleep deprived in the middle of the night. The pull-off method of weaning did not work - and she only wanted to nurse more. I truly hope it works for you and it is worth reading in case it does, but it didn't work for us, I'm sad to say. She is probably going to be child-led weaned.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2002

    Are we kidding here did we all read the same book?

    OK there was some useful information but did I really have to read to page 89(for older babies) before I actually started to get advise - there was no need for safety precuation and SIDS info - we are all given all that info way before the baby (or babies as in my case)were born. If I wanted a book on safety I would have bought just that, also there was no need to spend so much time discussing the Cry It Out method - we all know what it is and don't like it - that's why we are reading your book. Way too much unnecessary info - same advise could have been given in 50% less pages. A lot less useful info than expected. To sum it all up she basically tells you what everyone else says: develop a bedtime ritual and a daytime schedule and STICK TO IT!

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