Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old: A Step-by-Step Plan for Baby Sleep Success

Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old: A Step-by-Step Plan for Baby Sleep Success

by Suzy Giordano, Lisa Abidin


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There is no bigger issue for healthy infants than sleeping through the night. In this simple, straightforward book, Suzy Giordano presents her amazingly effective "Limited- Crying Solution" that will get any baby to sleep for twelve hours at night—and three hours in the day—by the age of twelve weeks old.

Giordano is the mother of five children and one of the most sought-after baby sleep specialists in the country. The Washington Post calls her a baby sleep "guru" and "an underground legend in the Washington area for her ability to teach newborns how to achieve that parenting nirvana: sleeping through the night." Her sleep plan has been tested with singletons, twins, triplets, babies with special needs, and colicky babies—and it has never failed.

Whether you are pregnant, first-time parents, or parents who seek a different path with your second or third child, anyone can benefit from the Baby Coach’s popular system of regular feeding times, twelve hours of sleep at night and three hours of sleep during the day, and the peace of mind that comes with taking the parent and child out of a sleep- deprived world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525949596
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/19/2006
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 53,470
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 - 13 Years

About the Author

Suzy Giordano is a mother of five. She's worked with Washington, D.C., area families as a baby sleep specialist for ten years. Visit her website at 

Lisa Abidin is the mother of twins. She has worked as a law clerk and prosecutor. Both live in Virginia.

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Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
money62 More than 1 year ago
This was definitely the best book to help you and your infant sleep better. A good friend recommended the book, and I am so thankful for him finding this book. I didnt follow the schedule exactly as is, but took lots of great info and created my own schedule. I do agree that some parts are unhealthy, but you can be creative and use tons of helpful info to fit your schedule. My baby went from waking up every 3 hours to eat, from just waking up once at 5:00 a.m., goes back to sleep and then wakes up every morning at 9:00 a.m., I am sooo Happy...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of the reviews and people are correct, not every baby fits into one category, so negative reviews, read with a grain of salt. A friend gave me this book at my shower for my first child and as soon as my daughter fit the weight and age criteria, I began using this method. My daughter slept through the night 10-12 hours, at 10 week so old. She is almost 4 now, happily goes to sleep at 7:30, will wake up as late as 9 if she is going to "school" and still naps regularly. It was an effort and often tiring on my part, stretching the 4 hours but it was clearly worth it. I used the same method with my now 2.5 year old son, he slept through the night at 11 weeks, 7 PM- 8AM at least, he often sleeps longer and he will take a 3-4.5 hour nap during the day. He very happily rolls over in his crib and says night, night love you mommy daddy- at 7 PM ( currently attempting bed transition but he is so happy in the crib!). My point is yes, every child is different but this CAN and does work for some families, my husband and I put in the time/effort and for us, it paid off- give it a chance! I will be using this method with my expected son as soon as he fits age/weight criteria (as provided within the book) as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. You don't need to take the entire thing as gospel but take the tips and work with them. Some of the reviews below are too harsh. The author isn't suggesting you starve your baby for 4 hours or completely leave them for 12 hours but the fundamentals are there for a great development of habits for the child. I have 2 kids and this worked for me on both. One was smaller and slept though the night at 13 weeks and the other much much bigger slept through the night at 9 weeks. So like i said, no need to take the entire thing as gospel but there are alot of good tips in there to use in your role of helping your child soothe themselves and learn to sleep on their own. All should be done in a loving, nurturing way.
Mommy8410 More than 1 year ago
I discovered this book when my son was 8 weeks old. I had read Babywise, learned the importance of and gotten him on a good and consistant schedule. But what I struggled with was getting him to go to sleep and stay asleep. I had kind of just figured he wasn't a good sleeper. He would be awake till almost 11:00 every night, and up twice to eat, at 1:00am and 5:00am and then up again around 6:30 at which point I would put him in bed with me to get a couple more hours of sleep. Then during the day, he'd cat nap. Taking 30 minute naps every couple of hours. And then I read this book when he was 9 weeks old while on vacation. The day after we got home, I started with these techniques. And it was AMAZING! He is an entirely different sleeper and entirely different baby all together! He has been on the schedule for 2 1/2 weeks now, and he nurses at 8, goes to sleep - by himself- he gets up at 5:30 to nurse for just a couple minutes, then it's right back to bed till 8am. He takes two solid naps a day for an hour in the morning and two in the afternoon. This book is a Godsend and a must read ~ I will give it to every mom-to-be I know from now on!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I followed this book, almost to the tea, making slight adjustments, as every baby is slightly different. My baby was able to sleep through the night by 16 weeks and it has been such a blessing ever since. Babies need a strick routine and my daughter loves her night time schedule. She can play by herself happily in her crib. I can't express how this book changed our lives. We have the best sleeping baby of anyone I know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a little skeptical at first. I got the book when my second child was older than 12 weeks but I tried it anyway and it really worked to this day my second child sleeps through the night unless somethings wrong(teething, sick, etc..). My oldest still has trouble. This book is a life saver, without it I would have two trouble sleepers on my hands instead of one. I wish I had gotten it sooner. I am giving it as a gift to anyone I know that is having a baby.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used this book for my twin sons. They were sleeping through the night at 12 weeks old. They were happy and healthy and VERY loved. I did not neglect them in any sense! My boys are 2 1/2 now and they still sleep through the night and are still happy healthy and VERY loved! Don't listen to all the bad reviews. Helping your child to independently fall asleep is not abuse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book works - don't know exactly how but it was real easy to follow and things just fell into place. I am buying this for any of my friends who end up having a baby.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an important read for any new parent. A baby who has learned to sleep for 12 hours is not in a deep sleep the whole time. Every human being moves up and down through several stages of sleep - some shallow and some deeper - throughout the night. I teach parents in Canada and the US how to teach their infants to sleep 11-12 hours once they've reached 12 lbs. It's a miracle and has many benefits like enhanced attachment, better feeding, positive mood.I applaud the author for doing a good job with a highly volitile subject. Kitty Raymond
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must read, especially for those that struggled with their first child. I happened upon this book by accident, and was I glad I did. I had my second child when my first was only 20 months old. I didn't get my first son to sleep through the night until he was 8 months old. And that was the hard way, let him cry for an hour in the middle of the night. Knowing how stressful it would be as a new stay at home mom of these 2, I knew I needed something to help us all. After reading the book, and following the basics, my second boy was in his room for 11 hours a night by 13 weeks old. I started a little later than suggested (I didn't get the book until he was 8 weeks old). This helped me be a more coherent mom and more patient (especially with my 2 year old). In the end a more loving mom. That was the greatest gift I could have received. Thanks to this book. I have recommended it to all my mom friends, as I do to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suzi, I felt that I need to give you feedback on your help with BBC and being a new mother of twins, I had to let you know what a service you provide !! Our now 3 month old twins, Liam and Isabella, have been great sleepers since they went through your BBC program. From the time we came home from the hospital, they were only sleeping about 2-3 hours at night and most of the day. When I saw the Good Morning America episode about getting you newborn to sleep 12 hours a night, I thought, unheard of !! But what the heck, buy the book and try it. Boy are we glad we did that !! The twins were 10 weeks old when they began BBC and are now 13 weeks old and already completed the hardest part of BBC. We are still working on cutting down the naps during the day, but we are getting there. This was especially helpful, because I will be going back to work in a few weeks and this will help my stay at home hubby. I am a 12 hr night shift nurse. We continue to amaze people when we tell them this and of your story. They don't believe us. I have sent links to your website and book to 4 of our pregnant friends and family members, to help them as well. In the early going, it was a challenge to protect their sleep time, but we did it, knowing that it was the best thing for all of us. We always got them to bed on time, they always were home for their naps, and they were more well-behaved for it. They wake up very happy, cooing, laughing and seem to be well rested and ready to start the day. Equally as important, my husband and I do, too! We are often complimented on how sweet and well-behaved our kids are, and I really give a lot of credit for that to their good sleep habits. The early work with Suzy has paid off immensely for us. Not only did we get the sleep we so badly needed then, but we have two very well-adjusted kids who are rested, don't fight us at bedtime, they go right down, while awake too. There are so many challenges to parenting twins, but in our case we are so thankful that sleeping hasn't been one of them! We can't thank you enough and hope others will just give this a try. It does take commitment, sacrifices and patience. But it does work !! Thank you !! Happy and Healthy 2006 !! Ken, Jen, Liam, and Isabella
luvlylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good advice for first time mother's, especially those with standard work schedules. Better suited for bottle-fed babies, although the author shows that it can be adapted for breast-fed babies, too. Really won't help you out for the first eight weeks, other than telling you not to create any bad habits with your baby that you will later need to break. Short read. Can be done over the course of a few lunch breaks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am the mother of 5 beautiful children, all breastfed until they were one year old. My firstborn was nursed on demand all day and all night. He woke up every hour on the hour until was 3 years old. By that time I had the second and the third child waking up as well. I finally let him cry it out. I wasn't happy doing this, but I felt I had no alternative. My husband found this book for me when I was expecting baby number 5. I read it and applied it leniently. I never did stretch the hours between feeding to four hours during the day, but I didn't have to. By the time my 5th baby was 10 weeks old he was sleeping through the night. To this day he has excellent sleep habits. (he is now 8) My oldest child ( the one I brestfed on demand) is 17 and he still has issues with waking up during the night and being restless overall. I wish with all my heart that I had found this book when I had my first and not my last. I always give this book to every expecting mother I know. Whether its their first or 10th, I always tell them that I am giving them the and their baby the gift of sleep. As of today I have bought this book close to 20 times.
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The information in the book is good. It didn't work with our daughter but I can't blame it all on the book's method. The book is an easy, quick read. I wish I had it when my daughter was born.
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KJO More than 1 year ago
I read this book and then threw it in the trash. What the author is suggesting is neglectful and biologically at odds with a child's needs. Scheduled feedings have been linked to failure to thrive in infants and I've never heard of a doctor who suggested that a child sleep for more than a 5 hour stretch by 12 weeks of age! I'll read Dr. Sears next time. His advice is helpful and not DANGEROUS!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Not every baby fits into one category. This book suggests a baby that is just weeks old can stay up for 4 hours between naps. This just isn't true. Many, MANY other books will tell you that young babies can only stay up 2-3 hours at a time. We tried the 12 hours by 12 weeks method and ended up with a baby that was so over-tired, that it took weeks to correct the problem. There are much better books and much healthier philosophies out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Limited' crying is still crying. Imagine being brand new, and unable to help or comfort yourself. Then, the person who has always been there for you leaves you. New parents should not expect to be sleeping for 12 hours a night. When we choose to be parents, we need to accept that our children need us, and that need doesn't stop at night. Dr. Sears has alternative, gentler ideas.
Avid_ReaderNE More than 1 year ago
This is a crock. I feel like I should claim myself a sleep expert and cash in on parents that are desperate for sleep. She claims that by following her advice babies will amazingly just start sleeping longer. I bought this book when our baby was less than a month old. She is now seven months old and her sleep patterns are worse than when she was little. She also sets up almost the entire book in a way that works for bottle fed babies but not nursing babies. This is my third child and I feel confident in saying babies sleep when they sleep and there isn't a whole lot you can do about it most of the time. Save your money for coffee.
freckledmama More than 1 year ago
I bought this book hoping for some insight,...what a disappointment. The methods this book recommends are completely unhealthy for such a young infant. While it's a great idea in theory, it's simply not a plan that will make for healthy babies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 12 week baby needs to be fed on demand - not on a schedule! Certainly not a 4 hour schedule! That is akin to child abuse!!! Please - don't buy this book!!! Teach your child to enjoy sleeping by providing a safe conforting environment for your child to sleep in. Every time your child wakes up, take that as an opportunity to show your child how loved and cherished your child is. This will give your child the gift of healty eating and sleep habits that will last a lifetime. Please - for your baby's sake - DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!