The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook by The Sleep Lady, Kim West
For a long, long time the sleep situation at our house has been kind of complicated. When Daniel was an infant he would NOT sleep in his crib or an open area like a bassinet, so he slept with us. Any attempts to put him in his crib (even transferring after he was already asleep) unfailingly ended in a VERY unhappy baby, and me picking him up and bringing him back to our room. Even so, we felt that sleep was mostly working for us and I initially only accepted this book for review because we had trouble getting Daniel to go down for naps.
And then we realized that Daniel wouldn’t let his daddy put him to sleep anymore. Since I was heading for New York soon for 4 nights (next week, now!), that was going to be a huuuuge problem. So I stayed up really late one night reading “The Good Night Sleep Tight Workbook” and trying to plan out a sleep solution that would work.
“The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook” has a great layout and is very easy both to navigate and to understand. The table of contents is helpful, and it is easy to zero in on the information pertinent to your child and your situation and ignore the information that is not. Of course, the real test of a book like this is not simply how easy it is to read through, but whether or not it actually works.
The basic premise of the book involves the ‘Sleep Lady Shuffle’ where you are slowly weaning the baby away from your presence, to help ease them into the transition. There may be some crying involved, but this is definitely not a ‘cry it out’ method, as there is a good deal of comforting the baby the first few nights, and even picking him up to calm him down (but not put him to sleep) if that is helpful and not a hindrance.
We started the program the evening of April 29th (slightly modified as we thought Daniel needed), and I took notes on the events of the first couple of nights. Note that I was positioned sitting/laying on an air mattress right next to Daniel’s crib, where I spent the entire night.
Day 1: Night
7pm put Daniel to bed. 8pm he finally sits down in the crib, 8:40 he finally lays down for the first time. Lots of crying. 9 pm he’s finally asleep.
10 pm, wakes up again, but actually falls asleep in about 5 minutes.
11pm, up again, very upset. Finally goes back to sleep at 12:30.
Up briefly at 3, then sleeps until 6:30
We try for 90 minutes to put a tired Daniel down for a nap. He is only upset for about the first 15 minutes, then just fusses/cries a bit off and on. Although he probably lays down 10 times, he always sits back up and never naps until later when we’re in the car.
Put him down at 7:30, a little crying, but not upset like the previous night or the beginning of the nap. He was mostly sitting, although stood a couple of times and laid down a couple of times. Within 20 minutes he was laying down quietly without me shshing or stroking his back. Asleep after another 10 minutes
By contrast, last night my husband put Daniel to bed. Daniel fussed a bit when first put down, but my husband made 30 seconds worth of “shhshh” noises outside Daniel’s room, and Daniel was asleep in the next 3-5 minutes without a big production. Less than three weeks, and in plenty of time for me to be able to relax about their sleep situation when I am in New York.
I would definitely recommend this book to parents whose children need help learning how to get to sleep. Daniel’s still not fantastic at putting himself BACK to sleep, but he’s getting better, and we’re working on it.
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I read this book as part of a TLC Book Tour. Check out some of the other tour hosts for more reviews. Links go to the host’s site, not to their specific review.
Monday, May 3rd: Simply Stacie
Tuesday, May 4th: Baby Dickey
Thursday, May 6th: As the Forest[e] Grows
Monday, May 10th: NOT Mommy of the Year
Wednesday, May 12th: The Daily Fuss
Thursday, May 13th: Kristi Maristi
Monday, May 17th: Red Headed Book Child
Wednesday, May 19th: Devourer of Books
Thursday, May 20th: Trapped Between a Scream and a Hug
Monday, May 24th: Tales of a Capricious Reader
Tuesday, May 25th: There’s a Book
This review was done with a book received from the publisher for this tour.
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