Saturday, November 24, 2007

To sleep or not to sleep, that is the question...

This week while out doing my Christmas shopping I picked up the book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" by Elizabeth Pantley. There are no more babies in my house but I have often seen it recommended for new parents and wondered what all of the hype was about.

Mrs. Pantley wrote this book in response to her own struggles getting her youngest of four children to sleep longer stretches through the night. She, like many other parents, could not accept that the only option was to allow her son to "cry it out".

The book is a great resource to read through and gives a number of great suggestions to help you guide your little one to get more sleep. Through the use of sleep charts and an understanding of the physical and psychological needs of the infant, parents can start sleeping better.

I most appreciate the author's warm, caring tone. It is like being wrapped up in a warm blanket! The only downside to the book, if there is one, is that it's so comprehensive that you can't just take a bulleted list to follow. In order to get the whole picture you need to read through it, however if you are too time-crunched or sleep deprived, you can also jump in at different points along the way and still gain valuable insight.

This book is a must have for parents-to-be who want to practice the art of gentle parenting. I would also suggest extra copies for grandparents and whoever will be caring for your baby when you are not around.

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