The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy

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Kim West, LCSW-C, known to her clients as The Sleep Lady®, has developed an alternative and effective approach to helping children learn to gently put themselves to sleep without letting them “cry it out”—an option that is not comfortable for many parents.

Essential reading for any tired parent, or any expectant parent who wants to avoid the pitfalls of sleeplessness, Good Night, Sleep Tight offers a practical, easy-to-follow remedy that will ...

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Overview


Kim West, LCSW-C, known to her clients as The Sleep Lady®, has developed an alternative and effective approach to helping children learn to gently put themselves to sleep without letting them “cry it out”—an option that is not comfortable for many parents.

Essential reading for any tired parent, or any expectant parent who wants to avoid the pitfalls of sleeplessness, Good Night, Sleep Tight offers a practical, easy-to-follow remedy that will work for all families in need of nights of peaceful slumber!

New material and updates include:

• New research on pacifiers and SIDS, the impact of sleep deprivation on postpartum depression
• Additional guidance on feeding your baby and toddler and how feeding relates to sleep
• What you can do to improve your baby’s sleep habits before 6 months
• New information on breastfeeding
• Preparing a sibling for the birth of a baby
• Creating a secure attachment with your baby while instilling healthy sleep habits for the family
• How to read your baby’s cries

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Editorial Reviews

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Parenting magazine
GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT is the first book of its kind to clearly explain why bedtime is such a challenge for so many kids and their parents, and to offer solutions that won’t torture anyone.”

Anthony E. Wolf Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist, author of It's Not Fair, Jeremy Spencer's Parents Let Him Stay Up All Night! and Get Out of My Life but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager
“Kim West and Joanne Kenen have written a book that can only be tremendously helpful for any parent. Ms. West has an amazing knowledge about children and sleep. She gives very specific, very clear and very do-able suggestions for virtually every sleep issue, and she knows what works. If a parent has a concern about any sleep problem with their child, this is the book that has the answers. I found it wonderfully helpful, and extremely readable."

Howard Bennett, M.D., author of
Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting
“A godsend for tired parents everywhere. I highly recommend this book to the parents of infants and young children who have a problem sleeper on their hands.”

Armin Brott, author of Father for Life
“Right after ‘boy or girl?’ the next question new parents often hear is ‘How’s he sleeping?’ After going through Kim West’s painless, practical, and easy-to-implement program, they’ll be able to honestly answer, ‘Like a baby.’ ”

Maureen O'Brien, Ph.D., author of Watch Me Grow: I'm One, Two, Three
" From yoga to co-sleeping to twins, West provides novel advice and practical methods to help parents make the best sleep choices for their family."

Dr. David Kessler, Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
“Parents and children alike should welcome this common sense, family-friendly guide to childhood sleep from birth to age five. This book will teach parents to gently start to shape a baby's sleep in infancy, sparing them the months or even years of sleep-deprivation that so many families endure.”

from the Foreword of GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT, Faith A. Hackett, M.S. Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Courtesy Staff Physician, Johns Hopkins Hospital Staff Physician, Anne Arundel Medical Center
“For all the parents who have lost countless hours of sleep trying the tough love approach of letting the baby cry it out, this book comes as a wonderful, informative reprieve…. I’ve been looking for a definitive how-to book on sleep that I can recommend without reservation. GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT is that book.”

Richard & Shirley Viscarello, Perinatologist and Nurse Practitioner, Maternal Fetal Care, PC, Stamford, CT.
“We unknowingly created our daughter’s sleep problems by never ‘teaching’ her how to put herself to sleep…. The ‘no cry’ solution didn’t work, and letting her ‘cry it out’ was never an option. How could we ask our child to solve the problem by herself that we had created? With Kim’s knowledge and thoughtful, caring approach, we were able to gently empower Sophia to put herself to sleep. Kim has an amazing gift to share and we tell all of our OB patients about her!”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

“West offers ways to soothe both parents and baby…. [GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT] is handily divided into age groups, with suggestions for good sleep patterns beginning at birth…. [It’s] helpful to have it organized in one book.”

Publishers Weekly
In this expanded edition, first published in 2004, child and family therapist West (aka “The Sleep Lady”) further explores the ways parents can teach their infants and toddlers the indispensable skill of falling and staying asleep. West has added the latest pediatric research on sleep safety, pacifier use, and breastfeeding, as well as expanded sections on toddler naps, interpreting newborn cries, and phasing out nighttime feedings. She has also included sections on bedtime baby yoga poses, a chapter on room sharing and bed sharing (encouraging parents to carefully assess their attitudes before making a decision on whether to co-sleep) and postpartum depression. West eschews the “cry it out” approach, which may leave parents feeling guilty and exhausted. Instead, her “Sleep Lady Shuffle” is a gentle behavior modification technique that helps babies gradually master solo sleeping and self-soothing. The author covers such general sleep tips as creating a sleep-friendly environment and using “loveys,” and then offers individual chapters addressing various age groups from newborn to five; readers can readily find information pertinent to their particular child and situation. In this detailed guide, West advises parents to practice patience and consistency, and maintain a united front as they lull their baby into slumber land. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593155582
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 75,317
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Kim West, LCSW-C, is the mother of two and a licensed practicing child and family therapist for more than sixteen years. Known as The Sleep Lady® by her clients, she has helped thousands of tired parents all over the world over the past twelve years to learn to listen to their intuition, recognize their child’s important cues and behaviors, and gently create changes that promote and preserve his or her healthy sleep habits.

She has appeared on Dr. Phil, TODAY, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning, America, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby, and CNN, and has been written about in a number of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Baby Talk, Parenting, the Baltimore Sun, USA Today, and the Washington Post. West hosts the sleep section of The Newborn Channel, played in maternity wards in hospitals across the country. She has traveled the country, giving lectures on the importance of sleep for children.

She lives with her family in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xiii

Foreword to the First Edition Faith A. Hackett xvii

Part 1 Introduction: Meet the Sleep Lady 3

1 The Sleep Lady System 15

2 Getting Started and Tips for Success 27

3 Lessons from Itsy Bitsy Yoga 43

4 Sleep Basics 49

5 The Right Start for Newborns and Infants 55

Part 2

6 Newborn to Five Months 79

7 Six to Eight Months 111

8 Nine to Twelve Months 145

9 Thirteen to Eighteen Months 174

10 One and a Half to Two and a Half Years Old 203

11 Two and a Half to Five Years Old 244

Part 3

12 Whose Bed Is It Anyway? Making Choices About Bedsharing and Roomsharing 291

13 Helping Twins and Siblings Sleep 316

14 Nightmares, Night Terrors, and Sleepwalking 331

15 Medical Problems 339

16 Routine Busters: Dealing with Travel, Illness, and Life's Other Disruptions 357

17 Problem Solving and Taking Care of Moms and Dads 376

Appendix: Safe Sleeping Recommendations for Babies 397

Resource Directory 400

Photo Credits 408

Index 409

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Understand your baby's sleep-awake times better

    I purchased this book when I had my first baby. I liked how the author had each chapter devoted to a specific age (newborn to 5 years old) and what to expect for a baby's average amount of daytime and nighttime sleep. In each chapter, there was also developmental changes and how those affect a baby's sleep. The beginning of the book talks about the sleep lady's eight rules of infant slumber. I felt this advice really helped me as a new mom to understand my baby. This book works; it has become my token baby shower gift! My first baby was sleeping through the night (bedtime 7:30pm and awake at 7:30am) at 12 weeks and my second baby was sleeping through the night at 8 weeks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    This book works

    I looked this book up because of a suggestion from the internet when i was looking for help on why my baby at 15 months wasnt sleeping through the night. I bought the book and did the steps and by the third night my baby was falling asleep, in her crib and sleeping through the night. It is a much gentler method than the ferber method and it really does work. This book is going to be my #1 baby shower gift from now on. Thank you sleepy lady.

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