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Great Expectations: Baby Sleep Guide: Sleep Solutions for You & Your Baby

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The newest title in the best-selling Great Expectations series tackles all aspects of a topic every new mom and dad is eager to master: getting baby to sleep!

In their reassuring parent-to-parent voice, experts Sandy and Marcie Jones unravel the mysteries of how, when, and under what circumstances babies sleep in a clear and logical way that will comfort and sustain weary parents. They offer:

- An explanation of how a baby’s sleep differs from that of children and adults

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Overview

The newest title in the best-selling Great Expectations series tackles all aspects of a topic every new mom and dad is eager to master: getting baby to sleep!

In their reassuring parent-to-parent voice, experts Sandy and Marcie Jones unravel the mysteries of how, when, and under what circumstances babies sleep in a clear and logical way that will comfort and sustain weary parents. They offer:

- An explanation of how a baby’s sleep differs from that of children and adults

- Advice on which sleep difficulties might indicate a medical problem.

- Bulleted coping strategies for an array of issues

- Q&A sidebars in which Sandy and Marcie give answers to common questions

- Compelling “bites” of recent sleep research

Moms and dads suffering through sleepless nights with baby will especially appreciate the quotes and strategies from other parents who have gone through the experience. Plus: a review of the most effective sleep-related products; useful Web resources; and a comprehensive dictionary of medical and sleep terms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402758157
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Series: Great Expectations Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 726,104
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Wendy Middlemiss vii

Introduction: If You're Reading This Before Your Baby Is Born ix

1 The Sleepy Fetus 3

What's Going on In There? 5

2 Newborns in "The Fourth Trimester" 11

Understanding Your Baby's Sleep Cycle 13

How Your Baby's Brain Is Different from Yours 14

A Closer Look at Adult Sleep 17

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream 19

Your Baby's Sleep Cycles 20

Common Medications That May Affect Your Baby's Sleep 21

Baby Wake Cycles 24

It Pays to Answer Promptly 24

Decoding Your Baby's Cries 25

The Swaddling Option 26

Drowsy But Awake 27

3 Where Should Baby Sleep? 29

The Great Debate 31

Bed Sharing: The World's Oldest Sleeping Arrangement 33

The Biology of Mother-Baby Night Closeness 38

Bed-Sharing Negatives 39

Bed-Sharing Safety Checklist 43

How and When to Stop Bed Sharing 46

Co-Sleeping 47

All About Cribs 48

Setting Up Your Baby's Room 59

Baby Soothers 62

4 Six Weeks: The Crying Peak 65

The Six-Week Crying Peak 67

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) 71

Colic: The Waking Nightmare 79

Dealing with Exhaustion 90

5 Three to Four Months 97

Developing a Daily Routine 99

What's Happening in Your Three-Month-Old Baby's Brain 100

Feeding and Sleep: The Big Differences Between Breast and Bottle 102

Nap Routines 107

Charting Your Baby's Day/Night Patterns 113

The Nighttime Put-Down 116

Tips for Handling Your Unique Baby 120

6 Four to Six Months 125

The Four-Month Sleep Shift 127

7 Six to Nine Months 137

Your Baby's New Sleep Patterns 139

Is It Time for a Change? 139

What Is Sleep Training? Does It Really Work? 141

8 Nine to Twelve Months 155

All About Toddler Sleep 157

9Twelve Months and Beyond 163

The Challenge of Toddler Sleep 165

Exercise Is Important 165

Handling Delaying Tactics 166

Twenty Tips for Toddler Bedtime 167

Coping with Your Early-Morning Riser 170

The Changing Nap-time Scene 170

Containing a Roaming Toddler 171

Monsters and Night Fears 172

Moving from Crib to Bed 174

Bed-wetting 175

Sleep Problems When Traveling 177

Family Upheavals 178

A Distant Memory 179

Glossary 181

Resources 185

Endnotes 187

Index 191

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