Things I Love: The No Cry Sleep Solution*

There are few things more draining than parenting a baby who is having difficulty sleeping.

You become so sleep-deprived that even simple solutions are beyond your grasp.  And that is where this book comes in.

As a parent who follows in spirit the ideas of Dr. Sears, The No Cry Sleep Solution dovetails nicely with the thought that the whole experience of “crying it out” is not advantageous to baby or parents.  I’m not saying that it isn’t a successful method for some people, but I recoil at the thought of leaving my infant alone in their crib, crying their eyes out.  I did a one night (desperation) experiment with both of my children using the cry it out method, and suffice it to say, none of us had the stomach for it. 

Author Elizabeth Pantley doles out specific, easy to follow suggestions on how to ease your child into the whole sleeping thing.  You can use whatever ideas work for you, and leave the ones that don’t.  She doesn’t promise that within two days your problems will be solved.  But she does encourage you to stick it out, and over the long run, things will improve.

I liked this book so much that I bought it twice.  We moved and I had no clue as to where the copy I used with the Munchkin was, nor did I have the time and energy to search through the boxes in the garage.  So I took a quick trip to Barnes and Noble, and it was just as helpful with my second child as with my first.  And both of them are completely different temperamentally.

So, it’s a great gift for a parent-to-be, or a parent who is looking for help in sleep department.

*This is not a paid review, nor did I receive any type of compensation.  I would buy this book three times if I had to.

2 Responses to “Things I Love: The No Cry Sleep Solution*”

  1. Brusselscout November 26, 2010 at 4:47 am #

    I would also recommend “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. For some kids, in some situations, he does recommend the crying out method, but more like as a last resource. I started using his book when my daughter was 4 weeks old and five months later, it’s sometimes eerie seeing how his predictions on her sleep patterns work!

  2. Jessica D. November 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    My sister let me borrow “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child”. It worked great for us. She has been sleeping through the night since 3 months old. She has a set schedule that we follow and it keeps her well rested and happy.