So much more information than just the highly publicized "cry it out" method. I wasn't comfortable with letting my child cry at all but still found the information in the book to be REALLY valuable!
Friends couldn't believe how easily I put my kids to bed. This information is based on scientific evidence, and works great without being complicated. Plus, he covers unusual issues that some kids have. You don't need any other book about sleeping!
A recommended resource for baby sleep training. I found Ferber's diagrams and figures helpful in starting sleep training. I wish I had not avoided his advice for my child's first year! He's not the cry-it-out advocate I heard that he was (that's Dr. Weissbluth, and I don't like HIS approach of letting the baby cry indefinitely when doing sleep training). This book suited our needs nicely, and it worked. It's amazing how much more rested and happy we all are now that our 15 month old goes to sleep almost immediately upon us putting him in his crib at 7pm, and he can sleep a good 12 hours! He seems to appreciate the routine, too.
Dr. Ferber is unfairly maligned in a lot of "attachment parenting" web communities. But I wish I had read this book first instead of the others that friends recommended (especially Baby Whisperer, No-Cry Sleep Solution) that are so popular, but more dogmatic and not as evidence-based as this approach. This book offers practical suggestions for virtually any sleep problem, backed up with case studies from real families. A must read for all parents.
Great book! It can be dry in places but having all of the background information especially helps when you are trying to shift a schedule. Our daughter never slept without holding and/or rocking right from the first night in the hospital. We tried The Baby Whisperer and The No Cry Sleep Solution first. While they seem to be a gentle approach to sleep training I was too tired to be consistent and kept falling into old habits just to get some sleep (4 hours in total not in one stretch was a good night). With this method by the third night she slept for 11 hours and didn't cry at all. She woke for one feeding and at her other brief wakings just went back to sleep in minutes. Thank you Dr. Ferber!
Very informative, but I found too dry to read for very long.
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