The No-Cry Sleep Solution

April - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Has anyone here tried the techniques? If so, was there one technique you found particularly helpful?

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Minnie - posted on 11/17/2009

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Yeah, I started reading the book for funzies because so many people were reading it and because LLLI recommends it.



It just doesn't mesh with my goals as a parent though, especially with the introduction of a lovey object and the end to nursing to sleep.



However, what I did learn from it was typical sleep needs for particular ages, and how a regular routine can help sort of set a baby's biological clock.



The problem with the routine however is the author requires a routine that you can stick to within minimal interruptions. Haha- that just doesn't work for us. But then again, like Brenda, I just have always watched my daughter and met her needs. She seems sleepy, I lie down and nurse her to sleep.



But I do recommend the book to people who really need to get baby to be able to sleep without nursing- like people who need to leave baby with a care provider, because it IS gentle, and is a safe way to sleep-train your baby, and LLLI recommends it.

Amy - posted on 11/12/2009

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I've been trying them all, started about 3 days ago. So far really sticking to the SAME routine every single night at the same time has helped establish a bedtime.. Also I have introduced a "lovey" to my son that I put in between us while nursing and using the key words such as "night night" time or whatever you choose. Its a work in progress so I am not sure of the results quite yet. I tried the crying method 1 night for 7 minutes because of pressure from friends,family and even our doctor but its just not what I want for our son so I will keep trying this way. good luck to you !

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Shirlene - posted on 07/13/2010

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What's the name of this book? We sleep with our son because he sleeps best that way, but now we need sleep. I also don't want him crying himself to sleep. I think that's such a bad way to go to bed. He's 15 months old so it may not be as easy to train him to sleep in his own bed but maybe this book can help me out.

Melissa - posted on 02/17/2010

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It is a good book, good ideas but they are just ideas. They aren't set in stone, this will work for everyone kind of things. I figure you just do what is best for you little one and it will all come out in the wash when they are older. I've tried her methods and so far the only thing that has worked for me is to have a bed time routine so baby knows when it is bedtime and to go to bed at the same time every night. The other things, like dissociating the suck-to-sleep instinct, putting a drowsy baby down and letting them fall asleep on their own, etc do not and have not worked for my guy even if I do them over and over for weeks.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/07/2009

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I'm considering checking out this book. I have always nursed my girl (now 5 mths old) to sleep, but I have to go back to work in 5 weeks, leaving daddy to care for her.
The idea is absolutely killing me, but the idea of her being too distraught to sleep during the day is also pretty horrible, so we've got to work out something.
This week I've replaced her morning nurse-to-sleep with walking her to sleep, and I'll have to slowly work on her other day time naps (although, she's always been a cat-napper anyway). But she naps best when she's curled up next to me on my bed, and if I move away she reaches out for me and gets upset if I don't come back
I have to find some way to gently replace nursing-to-sleep, for day-time naps at least, because going cold-turkey on her in 5 weeks would be cruel. But man, I really wish I could leave things as they are.
So if I can find a copy of this book, I hope it *is* good. Needs to be something that both my and my husband can implement.
LLLI recommending it gives me hope!

Brenda - posted on 11/12/2009

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Lisa is reading this book right now. I've never read it, because it is technically a gentle form of sleep training (any book that suggests to do anything other than what baby cues tell you to do is though), so I don't use it. However, out of all the suggestions I have seen, if you need to get baby into a particular routine it can be very useful. The use of a set of expected actions each night is always helpful, though I do not agree with having to do things at a particular time, but I'm more of a watch the baby not the clock person. :) I also nurse to sleep and I know she tells you to stop nursing before they go to sleep, which is something I don't agree with.

Maybe someone else will have some more insight who has actually used the book. :)

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