Book List

Brenda - posted on 09/11/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Here is our overall list of books (I decided to combine the two lists, it made more sense). Please feel free to post your opinions on any book already listed, or another book you have read. I will add to the main list as we find additional resources.



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Gentle Sleep/Non Cry It Out Books:

These books are generally not sleep training books, or they are sleep training books that offer gentle methods for parents that need their children to sleep at certain times.



The Baby Sleep Book - Dr. William Sears

Do whatever is necessary to get baby to sleep peacefully.



The No Cry Sleep Solution - Elizabeth Pantley

"Pantley Pull" and other methods to sleep through the night.



The Happiest Baby on the Block - Dr. Harvey Karp

The Cuddle Cure or the 5 S's



The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff

Amazon natives and how they raise their children, very empathic and non punitive traditional ways.



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Falling Between the two sides:

These books may advocate parts of sleep training, but may offer good advice otherwise.



The Baby Whisperer

Good: Firm nightime routine, no crying alone.

Bad: Anit-AP feelings, not a good Breastfeeding resource, places baby in the position of not being in control of their needs, discourages feeding on demand and sets a schedule for feeding/sleeping/playing.



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Sleep Training and Cry It Out avocating books:

These books advice to let children cry either by pure CIO methods or by controlled crying methods. There may be other information of value but for the most part the basic premis of the book is the opposite of the idea of gentle sleep methods.



Babywise

Encourages extremely long periods between feeds at night, among a list of other things. Visit http://www.ezzo.info/index.htm for all details.



What to Expect the First Year

Endorses Cry It Out, though does offer some good advice in other areas (well, depending on if you like them or not...lol).



Dr. Ferber's books

Controlled crying, though at the lesser end of the spectrum, he does not endorse extended crying periods, endorses sleeping for long periods of time which may be unhealthy for especially young infants.



Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old" by Suzy/ Abidin, Lisa Giordano.

No explanation necessary on this one....

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Minnie - posted on 09/24/2009

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The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff

Basically, she lived with natives in the Amazon and observed their parenting/infant care practices- infants are strapped to mom's body all day long or in another's arms- they're never let down. They sleep with momma all night long.

Really instinctual, never punitive/adversarial/harsh-

There was one instance where a father built a play pen- just as an innovative-ooh let's try this out thing- and he put his child in it, the child was terrified, screamed, and the father immediately took him out and proceeded to bash the pen to bits.

These people are incredibly empathetic to both their young and to each other.

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User - posted on 11/28/2009

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Quoting Brenda:



Quoting Jennifer:

Like I posted on the "Bad Book" list, I really liked "The Baby Whisperer Answers all your Questions". She does not support letting a baby cry alone ever and has some great tips for putting a baby to sleep at different ages. I used her sleep technique on my baby and after doing it consistently for the last two months, my 4 month old will be practically asleep within a few minutes of starting our sleep ritual. It is amazing! I firmly believe that a good sleep ritual is the key to success.






So would you class this book as good for some but not everyone?  As I said I am going on second hand information, which the only person I've talked to about the Baby Whisperer hated it, but that is why I posted these so we could sort things out!





 



The one I read was Secrets of the Baby Whisperer



Ok so she (Tracy Hogg) doesn't control cry but it is very judgmental, the way she refers to rocking or feeding your baby to sleep as the worst things parents can do, says that parents give up to easily thats all very well if your baby fits her mold but for many of us this wasn't the case.  I think its great that it worked for you Jennifer but I hated it because in combination with the advise I was given by the sleep schools (over the phone before they met me or my child, after they relised they were wrong) it made me feel like one of the most incompetent mothers in the world. It's more the way it is written that this is the right way and everything else is wrong that I have a problem with.  I think that it probably would be a good book for some people, sleep rituals are important but just because you put all these things in place doesn't mean it will work and that is really my big problem with the book is the assumption I felt that it must.

Justine - posted on 11/15/2009

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what do you guys thing of the contented little baby book? i was given a refference for it, but i cant find it online with a description and am not really sure what kind of method she gives. soemthing tells me im not going to like it, as one blurb said she "challenges the classic feed-on-demand". if anyone has read or heard about it, input would be nice. thank you.

Amber - posted on 09/23/2009

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i have read the no cry sleep solution for my 5 1/2 month old son and started the pantley pull about 1 week ago and there has been great improvement we went from sleep 20min-1hr then waking up to 2-5hrs, just depends but more consistant sleep

Brenda - posted on 09/16/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

Like I posted on the "Bad Book" list, I really liked "The Baby Whisperer Answers all your Questions". She does not support letting a baby cry alone ever and has some great tips for putting a baby to sleep at different ages. I used her sleep technique on my baby and after doing it consistently for the last two months, my 4 month old will be practically asleep within a few minutes of starting our sleep ritual. It is amazing! I firmly believe that a good sleep ritual is the key to success.



So would you class this book as good for some but not everyone?  As I said I am going on second hand information, which the only person I've talked to about the Baby Whisperer hated it, but that is why I posted these so we could sort things out!

Jennifer - posted on 09/16/2009

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Like I posted on the "Bad Book" list, I really liked "The Baby Whisperer Answers all your Questions". She does not support letting a baby cry alone ever and has some great tips for putting a baby to sleep at different ages. I used her sleep technique on my baby and after doing it consistently for the last two months, my 4 month old will be practically asleep within a few minutes of starting our sleep ritual. It is amazing! I firmly believe that a good sleep ritual is the key to success.

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The Happiest Baby on the Block also knowen as Baby Bliss written by Dr Harvey Karp is a great book.



This book would be most benifical to parents of new born babys and I would recomend parents read it befor there baby is even born as it is aimed at soothing babies ages 0 - 4 months.



In the book Dr Karp list in detail 5 simple ways to ease colic and sooth crying babies to sleep in minutes. He calles it the Cuddle Cure...



1. Swaddeling - He explains why it works and how to do it properly.



2. Side/Stomach Position - Laying on their back triggers a panic response in babys.



3. SSHhhh-ing - Do you know it is noiser than a vacume cleaner in the womb?



4. Swaying/Shivering - How to mimic the movments from in the womb.



5.Sucking - We all know this calms babys but do you know why??



Dr Harvey Karp knows all the answers.



Its a great book and I have read a ton

Nicole - posted on 09/12/2009

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I really loved "The Happiest Baby on the Block", i cant remeber the author but its on amazon. It gives 5 things you can try it help calm and sooth your baby. I should say that I beleive that its more for colicy babies, but I used it for my daughter on the nights or at naptime when she just couldnt settle. I didnt read all of the book, i used what i thought was pertantant (sp) to me and my baby.

Johnny - posted on 09/11/2009

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I read the No-Cry Sleep Solution and No-Cry Nap Solution on the recommendation of many mothers. It did not actually work on my daughter, but I can not tell you how many women I've talked to who rave about this book. It offers solutions from rocking your baby, to getting them on a firm routine, to a special sleep "dance" to get them down at night. She was sensitive to both co-sleepers and crib users. And a pleasant book to read, not preachy and does not offer a "one-size fits all" type of solution.

Mandy - posted on 09/11/2009

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i found Dr William Sears' book "the Baby Sleep Book" really useful. He pretty much, apart from encouraging co-sleeping, breastfeeding and baby wearing, says that you should do whatever it takes to get your baby to fall asleep happily. if that means driving around the block, or walking around the room with a bub in a sling, or laying with him, or feeding to sleep, than so be it. He encourages healthy and happy sleep habbits for babys as well as parents, and offers way for fathers to be involved as well.

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