The Complete Guide to Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night So You Can Too: 101 Tips and Tricks Every Parent Needs to Know

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The average baby sleeps between 10 and 16 hours a day according to Parenting Magazine. But, for any parent who has raised a child, it is well known that these hours can come at nearly any time, with the least likely time being during the middle of the night. Coaxing and comforting a baby to sleep through the night is one of the earliest and daunting tasks that young parents face and can lead to raised stress and tension levels and a whole slew of problems for both you and your ...

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The average baby sleeps between 10 and 16 hours a day according to Parenting Magazine. But, for any parent who has raised a child, it is well known that these hours can come at nearly any time, with the least likely time being during the middle of the night. Coaxing and comforting a baby to sleep through the night is one of the earliest and daunting tasks that young parents face and can lead to raised stress and tension levels and a whole slew of problems for both you and your baby.

The tips in this book are designed to provide every parent with the knowledge they need to help their baby feel more comfortable in their crib and start sleeping through the night not only for the first time, but consistently for the foreseeable future. You will learn exactly how much sleep your baby needs and what traditional definitions of sleep have to say about children under the age of two, including how they sleep and what they need in their sleep. You will learn the rules of infant and baby sleep and how they may not fit into your traditional notions of slumber and why it is necessary to think carefully before taking any additional measures. The necessary tools you need for helping your baby sleep through the night, including the right music, the right food, the right bedding, and the right amount of attention. You will learn when it is best to leave your baby to themselves and when they need you late at night, and what kinds of sleep disturbing habits they and you might be performing that is keeping them from sleeping comfortably.

Experts in child psychology, pediatrics, and sleep have been interviewed and provided their experiences in the book to help all new parents deal with the trials and tribulations of a baby who will not sleep through the night. You will learn how certain developmental factors can affect sleep and what situations, however small, can disrupt sleep entirely. You will learn when it is not your fault and when you don t deserve blame and how things might change when your baby becomes a toddler.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601383921
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 15

Introduction 19

Chapter 1 Baby Sleeping Facts 25

Understand Basic Sleep Facts 26

Understand Your Baby's Sleep Needs 28

Set Realistic Expectations 31

Sleep Patterns Will Change as Your Baby Grows 36

Do Not Expect Too Much Too Soon 37

Healthy Sleep Habits are Taught, Not Naturally Acquired 41

Healthy Sleep Habits are Vital to Good Daytime Functioning 43

Babies Need Practice to Develop Healthy Sleep Habits 44

Crashing is Not a Healthy Sleep Habit 45

Remember Safety When Sleep Training Your Baby 47

Chapter 2 Current Sleep Habits 51

Create a Sleep Log 51

Analyze Your Completed Sleep Log 53

Use Your Sleep Log to Determine the Best Plan for Your Child and Family 56

Use Sleep Logs to Analyze the Success of the New Sleep Plan 57

Chapter 3 Causes of Sleep Problems 63

Identify Whether Medical Issues are Affecting Your Baby's Sleep 64

Identify if Anxiety or Psychological Disorders are Affecting Your Baby's Sleep 67

Identify Trained Behaviors that are Affecting Your Baby's Sleep 71

Identify Other Factors that Affect Your Baby's Sleep 72

Some Babies will Take Longer to Learn to Sleep Well Than Others 73

Starting Sleep Training Early Can Prevent Problems From Arising 74

Parents Can Contribute to a Child's Sleep Problems 76

Understand Nighttime Behavior, and Deal with it Appropriately 78

Remember: Almost Every Baby has the Ability to Sleep Well 79

Chapter 4 Strategies for Getting Your Baby to Sleep 85

Recognize Your Baby's Drowsy Signs 105

Do Not Give Up on Sleep Training if the First Strategy Does Not Work 106

Decide if Co-sleeping or the Family Bed is Right for You 107

Know When Your Baby Needs You 115

Avoid Strategy Jumping 116

Gradual Approaches are More Prone to Cause Relapses 117

Parental Inconsistency Often Leads to Bad Sleep Habits 118

Combat Stalling Tactics Before Your Child Tries Them 121

Pick a Sleep Strategy that Both Parents are Comfortable With 123

Do Not Make Decisions About Sleep Strategies or Change Sleep Strategies in the Middle of the Night 124

Chapter 5 Setting the Mood for Sleep 127

Understand that a Baby's Environment Can Enhance or Detract From Her Sleep 128

Pick the Right Room and Furniture 130

Pick the Right Bed 132

Pick the Sound 134

Pick the Right Sleepwear 135

Pick the Right Crib Accessories 136

Pick the Right Bedtime Story 139

Pick the Right Lighting 140

Pick the Right Temperature 141

Pick the Right Smell 142

Pick the Right Position 143

Pick the Right Feeding Times 144

Chapter 6 Establishing a Routine 151

Plan Your Baby's Bedtime Routine Before Bedtime 151

Maintain Your Routine Even When Life Gets in the Way 153

Make Sure Your Baby Knows She is Safe, Cared for, and Loved Before Bed 156

Establish a Realistic Bedtime 160

Establish a Realistic Wake-up Time 161

Getting Your Baby to Sleep Well Starts First-thing in the Morning 162

Establish Appropriate and Consistent Naptimes 163

Do Not Stimulate Your Baby Before Bed 167

Remember: Routines Will Change as Your Baby Ages 168

Do Not Give in to Pleading 169

Chapter 7 Breaking Bad Habits 171

Recognize Your Child's Sleep Associations 172

It is Not Too Late to Change Sleep Associations 173

Replace Bad Sleep Associations with Good Ones 175

Taper Off Nighttime Feedings as Your Child Ages 176

You Baby Should Fall Asleep in the Same Place He Will Sleep Throughout the Night 177

Your Willpower Must be Greater Than Your Baby's 178

Ask for Help 179

Put Yourself in Your Baby's Shoes 181

Do Not Take Frustration Out on Your Baby 181

Exercise Your Child or Stimulate Your Baby During the Day 182

Chapter 8 Napping 187

Know How Long Your Baby Should Nap for His Age 187

Identify Your Baby's Naptime Associations 189

Remember: Almost all Babies and Children Need Naps 189

Keep Naptimes and Lengths Consistent - Even When Nighttime Sleep is Not 191

Put Your Baby to Sleep for Naptime Using the Same Method You Use for Bedtime 192

Do Not Let Your Baby Nap Too Late in the Day 193

Do Not Rush to Comfort Your Baby if He Stirs During Naptime 195

Not All Children are Impacted the Same by Naptime Discrepancies 196

Do Not Skip Naps in Order For Your Baby to Sleep Better at Night 197

If Your Baby Refuses to Nap, Insist on a Rest Time Instead 198

Chapter 9 Older Siblings and Multiple Births 203

Pick Appropriate Bed Times for Each Child Separately 203

Do Not be Afraid of Waking Older Children 204

Involve Older Children in the Process 205

Ensure Healthy Sleep Habits of Older Children Before the Baby's Arrival 206

Mold Older Children in to "Heavy" Sleepers 212

Separate Children During Bedtime if Necessary 214

Teach Twins to Fall Asleep Separately 218

Consider Using Separate Cribs or Rooms for Twins 219

Chapter 10 Changes in Routine 221

Milestones will Impact Your Child's Sleep Schedule 221

Stress Can Impact Your Baby's Sleep 222

After a Temporary Routine Change or Illness, Resume the Normal Schedule ASAP 223

Do Not Disrupt Your Baby's Sleep Schedule to Accommodate Visiting Family or Friends 224

Do Not be Discouraged if Old Techniques Stop Working 225

Be Patient and Know that Temporary Periods of Disrupted Sleep are Normal 226

Chapter 11 Sleepless Parents 231

Identify Root Causes of Sleepless Nights 231

Create Order and Structure in Your Own Life 233

De-stress Before Your Bedtime and Create a Bedtime Routine for Yourself 234

Give Yourself Time to Relearn How to Sleep Through the Night 236

Exercise Daily 237

Avoid Caffeine or Other Stimulants Late in the Day 238

Eat Healthy During the Day and Avoid Big Meals Before Bedtime 239

Create a Relaxing Environment Conducive to Sleep 240

Chapter 12 When All Else Fails 243

Take a Break 243

Do Not Play the Blame Game 244

Remind Yourself that Sleep Training is Worth the Effort 245

Get More Help 245

Conclusion 251

Appendix A Checklists, Sleep Logs, and Charts 255

Average Sleep Needs of Babies and Toddlers 255

Weekly Sleep Log 256

Weekly Daytime Sleep Log 257

Weekly Daytime Feeding Log 258

Weekly Diaper Log 259

Setting the Mood Checklist 260

Appendix B Expert Biographies and Contact Information 263

Appendix C Additional Resources 273

Books on Babies 273

Books on Adult Sleep 274

Books on Baby/Toddler Sleep 275

Books on Co-Sleeping 276

Web Sites 276

Helpful Organizations 279

Other SIDS Web Sites/Articles 280

Bibliography 281

Author Biography 283

Index 285

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    New Parents Survival Guide No need to question how your

    <b>New Parents Survival Guide</b>
    No need to question how your new baby will sleep. Jessica Linnell’s
    The Complete Guide to Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night So You
    Can Too: 101 Tips and Tricks Every Parent Needs to Know leads readers
    into the book with basic information about sleep deprivation and why
    parents require sleep. The book gives important information that is easy
    to read, and Linnell presents the experts’ opinions. She clearly says
    what works for one family does not work for another. She continues the
    same set up throughout the book. Linnell gives important tips, and
    repeats important information—such as creating a sleep record as you
    would keep a baby’s eating schedule. Linnell’s book builds on why a
    sleep plan and training is essential. She presents statistics for wrecks
    caused by sleep deprivation, but does not specify the number in those
    statistics of sleep deprived parents. Vital information for the causes
    of SIDS assists new parents in preparing how to set up their baby’s room
    and pick a program. Linnell stresses how important it is for parents to
    pay attention to safety over what baby items are adorable or popular.
    She analyzes every sleep method, and how they work. The book stresses it
    is important not to switch programs, especially in the middle of the
    night. Read the best tips of how to protect your baby and how you can
    sleep through the night, too.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    Rest easy. Routine, consistency, determination -- and some very

    Rest easy. Routine, consistency, determination -- and some very smart strategies -- will get you and your little one sleeping like a baby. The Complete Guide to Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night So You Can Too serves up solid, no-nonsense tips ranging from keeping a sleep log, to proven methods -- including the controversial &quot;let him/her cry it out&quot; -- to setting up nighttime and nap routines. A panel of experts weigh in throughout the book with their takes on the advice -- a helpful addition to judging how best to proceed with your own plan. Following the 101 &quot;tips and tricks every parent needs to know&quot; are checklists and charts to help keep you moving forward in the face of the unexpected and unpredictable. But when you think you'll never sleep again -- and what parent hasn't wrestled that demon -- there's this sage prediction: One day, your infant will be a teenager who'll make you miss the time you spent rocking her to sleep each night.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    This complete guide to helping your baby sleep through the night

    This complete guide to helping your baby sleep through the night is very helpful. It gives you insight about how to give your baby a better and comfortable good night&rsquo;s sleep as well as yourself. You will learn about good resources to refer back to; current sleeping habits, determining sleeping problems, and establishing a routine. This book will help you will picking the right feeding times, to setting the mood for your baby, to picking out the right soothing colors for your babies sleeping benefits. Most importantly it helps you as a parent get more sleep to prevent stress. It&rsquo;s a good book to read during pregnancy to learn helpful tips and tricks while passing your trimesters. If you&rsquo;re looking for a book to provide you with the knowledge you need to help your baby feel more comfortable in their crib as well as start sleeping through the night; this book is right for you.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    Great book for new parents! The Complete Guide to Helping Your

    Great book for new parents!

    The Complete Guide to Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night offers many different theories, expert advice and tips on getting your newborn to sleep through the night. Writer Jessica Linnell addresses and details four sleep methods in chapter four, which is very helpful for new parents and experienced parents alike. From the Cry it Out and Ferber methods, to 12 Hours a Night by 12 Weeks and the No Cry Sleep Solution, all methods are detailed for parents to choose what is right for their infant and family.
    Linnell also reinforces that parents must be persistent and consistent for sleep training to work. An important way to stay on track is to keep a sleep log during sleep training, including details like times the baby went to bed, woke up and other milestones like sitting up and rolling over. The book also encourages and reinforces that parents not get discouraged and to keep pushing forward to accomplish the sleep training goal.
    There are 101 tips for parents to take advantage of in the book but noticeably the popular swaddling technique was not detailed fully. Linnell also had the forethought to discuss how to sleep train twins and multiples.
    In Appendix A of The Complete Guide to Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night, there is an example of a sleep log, a bonus for parents currently sleep training.
    All in all, the book really details all aspects of sleep training in detail and encourages parents. Helpful advice abounds and reinforces parenting tips for new parents and experienced parents get a review of some ideas they may have forgotten.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    Parents - especially parents of babies - have an appreciation fo

    Parents - especially parents of babies - have an appreciation for sleep that the childless can never know. You can&rsquo;t fully appreciate eight or even six hours of uninterrupted sleep until you&rsquo;re forced to go months without it. Unfortunately, getting your baby to sleep through the night isn&rsquo;t always easy. While some babies start sleeping through the night early, others don&rsquo;t, and it can be very difficult to get them to that point. That&rsquo;s where this book comes in handy.

    The Complete Guide to Helping Your Baby Sleep Through The Night is full of information that will help you establish a healthy sleep schedule for your baby. Some of the advice is pretty intuitive - like learning to recognize when your baby is tired and putting them down then. Some of it is counterintuitive - for example, babies (and bigger kids) do NOT sleep better at night if they miss their daytime nap, and just letting them stay awake until they crash isn&rsquo;t healthy. One of the most important tips - found in chapter 6 - is establishing a routine. Babies are creatures of habit, even more so than adults in some ways. The absolute best thing you can do for your child&rsquo;s sleep is establishing a solid naptime and bedtime routine.

    For parents who are ready to pull their hair out because their baby won&rsquo;t just go to sleep (or stay asleep), this book will be an invaluable resource. I highly recommend checking it out.

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