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Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents

Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents


Parenting a baby or toddler is the grandest adventure of all when you're not miserably exhausted. Sleep expert Alexis Dubief, of the wildly popular website Precious Little Sleep, imparts effective, accessible, and flexible strategies based on years of research that will dramatically improve your child's sleep.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997580808
Publisher: Precious Little Sleep LLC
Publication date: 07/10/2017
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

My Promise to You xii

How to Use This Book xiii


My Journey in Baby Sleep 1

1 Baby Sleep: Essentials 6

Ten Things You Should Know at the Start 7

Are You Ruining Your Child? 9

Sleep Safety 9

Where Should Your Baby Sleep? 14

2 The Party That Is Newborn Sleep 20

Things to Expect in the First Three Months 22

Newborn Sleep: What Is Normal? 27

Helpful Newborn Sleep Guidelines 30

3 Bedtime Is the New Happy Hour 34

Demystifying Newborn Bedtime 35

Achieving Baby and Toddler Bedtime Victory 37

Common Bedtime Problems and How to Fix Them 42

4 How Babies Sleep 47

What's Going On under Your Baby's Hood 48

How Baby Sleep Goes Off the Rails 56

Teaching Baby to Fall Asleep 60

Life after Independent Sleep 62

5 Baby Sleep Power Tools 64

What Is and Isn't a Good Sleep Power Tool 65

Power Tool #1: White Noise 68

Power Tool #2: Swaddling 70

Power Tool #3: The Pacifier 74

Power Tool #4: Baby Swings 77

Power Tool #5: Sleep Schedule Management 83

Sleep Power Tools Summary: Putting It All Together 85

6 Teaching Baby to Sleep, Part 1: SWAP (Sleep With Assistance Plan) 89

Teaching Baby to Sleep: The Fundamentals 91

Six Sleep With Assistance Plans to Help Baby

Learn to Sleep without You 92

Evaluating Your SWAP Progress 109

7 Teaching Baby to Sleep, Part 2: SLIP (Sleep Learning Independence Plan) 114

“Cry It Out” Myths 116

Attachment and Sleep Training:

A Psychologist's Perspective;Dr. Rebecca Ruid 119

To SLIP or Not to SLIP 121

How to SLIP at Night 123

Beware the Extinction Burst 134

Common Issues 137

8 Handling Night Waking after SWAP or SLIP 141

Waking and Eating 142

Waking and Not Eating 147

Early-Morning Wakeups 148

9 Eating and Not Sleeping 150

Why Does Your Baby Eat at Night? 150

Baby Is Hungry 151

Baby Has a Night Eating Habit 156

Night-Weaning Strategies 157

Common Issues in Night Weaning 165

10 Becoming the Zen Nap Ninja Master 169

Why Good Naps Are So Challenging 170

Setting Realistic Nap Expectations 171

The Three Conventions of Nap Nirvana 177

The Fourth Convention of Nap Nirvana 184

Stuck with Craptastic Naps? 190

When Your Child Drops a Nap 191

Bad Nap Days 195

11 Why, When, and How to Wean Off Your Sleep Power Tools 198

Weaning Off the Pacifier 200

Weaning Off the Swing 204

Weaning Off the Swaddle 205

Weaning Off White Noise 207

Weaning Off Managing the Schedule 208

12 (Un)Common Sleep Setbacks 209

The Dreaded Sleep Regression 210

Baby Learns Cool New Stuff 212

Separation Anxiety 212

Travel 215

Daylight Saving Time 218

Chronic Sleep Deprivation 221

Your Child Doesn't Nap 222

Too Long in Bed 223

Night Gaps 224

Starting the Day at an Uncivilized Hour 225

13 Older Kids, Siblings, and Twins 231

Independent Sleepers 232

Bedtime, Boundaries, and Limit Testing 241

Moving to a Big-Kid Bed 246

Sleep and New Siblings 249

Sleep and Multiples 254

Room-Sharing 255

SLIP and Siblings 256

Nightmares and Night Terrors 257

The Last Word 265

Appendix: Potential Medical

Complications for Sleep 267

Infant Reflux 268

Food Allergy and Intolerance 273

Teething 275

Sleep Apnea 277

Restless Legs Syndrome 278

Premature Birth 278

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