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Few sounds are more disconcerting than that of a crying infant unable or unwilling to go to sleep. The sound is particularly distressing in the middle of the night when the parents know that the baby - and what they - need is sleep. Nor is the problem limited to babies. Many families endure months or even years of insomnia because of their children's habitual lack of sleep. The consequences for the parents' health, well-being, enjoyment of their children, and in some cases the health of relationships and working lives, are considerable. This book provides a sensible, no-nonsense guide to how babies sleep and why they cry. It shows how this knowledge can be applied in practical ways to help the normal, healthy baby to establish sleeping patterns that will improve its life and benefit the entire family. The process is not always easy, but following this programme means that a good night's sleep may no longer be an impossible dream.
The book contains black-and-white illustrations.
|1||Food, feeding and breast care||7|
|5||The essential advice||75|
|6||The first six weeks||87|
|7||The first two years||101|
|9||Dreams and nightmares||121|
|13||Colic and other issues||169|
|14||Sex and parenthood||181|
Posted January 27, 2000
People say if you could start with your second child life would be a whole lot easier - you'd be more confident, less anxious, more in control (as much as one can be as a parent!) This book goes alot of the way to helping the unintiated 1st time or 2nd or 3rd time parent manage a seemingly straightforward but actually incredibly difficult aspect of parenting - teaching your child to sleep! With information about how long newborns and young babies have the capacity to stay awake, realistic strategies to avoid the common pitfalls of rocking or nursing your baby to sleep, the important signs and symptoms of a tired child and such a sympathetic understanding of the overwhelming sense of responsibility and ineptness one feels as a parent - new or experienced. It is a commonsense book with clear suggestions and information. We recognised all the traps we fell into with our first daughter and with the help of the book have managed to teach our second daugher to sleep very successfully - it is altogether a more relaxing and less stressful experience. I recommend it to all my friends who are about to have children. You won't get it right all of the time and it isn't easy at times to consistently follow the advice when your child sounds so upset but in the end is does help preserve your sanity to have a happy, rested child. This book sure helped my husband and I achieve this. Happy parenting!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.