Teach Yourself Baby Sleep


Help your baby sleep easier and get the rest you need, too

Colic, sleep apnea, and night terrors are just a few of the problems babies face during the sleep hours. Teach Yourself Baby Sleep provides ...
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Help your baby sleep easier and get the rest you need, too

Colic, sleep apnea, and night terrors are just a few of the problems babies face during the sleep hours. Teach Yourself Baby Sleep provides you with practical tips and case studies to help you empower yourself and conquer these seemingly insurmountable issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071496865
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/31/2007
  • Series: Teach Yourself Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Grace is a sleep specialist whose clinic has helped numerous families successfully overcome sleeping problems in babies and young children. She is the sleep expert for Mother and Baby magazine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Sleep: the facts and background     5
The nature of your baby's sleep     7
REM and WREM sleep     8
REM sleep in babies     8
NREM sleep in babies     8
The sleep cycles     10
Biological clock     11
How much sleep do babies need?     12
What every baby needs for a good night's sleep     14
Bedtime routines     15
Getting the timing right     15
Sleep triggers     16
Bath-time     16
Other sleep cues     17
Safe sleeping for babies: how to reduce the risk of cot death     19
Daytime naps     22
Does your child have a sleep problem?     25
Sleep advice for the first six months     27
Nought to six weeks     28
Six weeks to four months     30
Four to six months     31
Why do babies cry?     32
Coping with a crying baby     33
How to settle a crying baby during the night     34
Babies who will only sleep in your arms     36
Feeding at night - to feed or not to feed?     37
Case study: ten-week-old baby girl: unsettled during theday and sleeping badly at night     39
Sleep advice for six- to 12-month-old babies     43
Is your baby still waking during the night?     44
Teething     44
Becoming more mobile     45
What do I do if she won't lie down?     46
Separation anxiety     49
Why won't my baby sleep in her cot?     52
Case study: seven-month-old baby boy: feeding to sleep and sleeping in his parents' bed     53
Introducing solids     58
Daytime naps between six and twelve months     60
Case study: nine-month-old baby boy: refusing daytime naps and needing to be rocked or fed to sleep at night     62
Older babies who will only sleep in your bed     67
Dropping night breastfeeds     70
Case study: 12-month-old baby girl, dependent on breastfeeding for sleeping     71
Dropping night bottle feeds     77
Case study: 11-month-old baby boy waking for night bottle feeds     78
Sleep advice for one to two year olds     82
Suddenly refusing to go to bed     83
The changing face of daytime naps     85
The great dummy debate     87
Case study: 14-month-old baby girl: disrupted sleep because of over-dependence on her dummy      88
Babies who have good settling skills at the beginning of the night but who still wake during the night     93
Case study: 17-month-old baby boy, with good settling skills but still waking up during the night     94
Early waking     96
Case study: 20-month-old baby boy waking at 5 a.m. every morning     98
Early waking and crying     100
Climbing out of the cot     100
Family life     102
Brothers and sisters     103
Case study: brother and sister who are both poor sleepers preparing to improve their sleep skills and share a bedroom     105
Bringing your baby up alone     109
Twins and triplets     110
Adopted babies     113
Case study: two-year-old boy, recently adopted: learning good sleep skills     114
A guide for grandparents...and sisters, aunts and best friends     117
Where do nannies, nurseries and childminders fit into the picture?     118
Special babies     122
Teething     123
Colic     126
Reflux     129
Head banging     132
Case study: 22-month-old baby girl banging her head at bedtime     133
Vomiting     135
Case study: 13-month-old baby girl who vomits when left alone at bedtime     136
Eczema     140
Babies with longer term medical conditions     141
Babies with learning disabilities or special needs     144
Getting ready for change     147
Keeping a sleep diary     148
What kind of a sleep problem does your baby have...and why?     150
Aiming for a goal     152
Getting motivated     154
Taking care of the practicalities...and caring for yourself     156
Taking control and helping your baby to better sleep     158
Choosing the method which will work for you     159
Designing your baby's sleep plan     163
Making it work     167
A word about naps and timing     170
Evaluating your success and getting the support you need     170
What if your sleep plan hasn't worked?     171
Keeping on the right track     178
Going on holiday     179
Moving house     182
A new baby in the family     183
Your own sleep needs     184
Enjoying the fruits of your success     185
Taking it further     186
Index     188
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