May 20, 2010

Book Review: The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook

I have four children.  Two were perfect. (In the sleep department that is).  They slept through the night by the time they were 2 months old.  They were angels.

The other two were not.

They screamed and cried when I tried to put them to bed.  They didn't sleep through the night until after drastic measures involving earplugs and tears were taken.

As I read through The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook, I regretted deeply not having it for those two children.  Kim West, otherwise known as The Sleep Lady, offers a great way to help your children put themselves to sleep and sleep through the night.

One of my favorite things about this book is the flexibility she offers. West understands that every child and every situation is different and states that throughout the book. She offers suggestions for different personalities and different parenting styles.

This book isn't just directed at infants either. There is an entire chapter dedicated to "sleep training" an older child who has sleep issues. Whether it is transitioning a child from a family bed to their own bed, or correcting issues that should have been dealt with in infancy, she offers solutions to a range of issues.  Sadly, there wasn't much in there about how to get your stubborn 3 year old son to want to sleep in a "big boy bed,"  but hey, you win some, you lose some, right?

Overall, this is definitely a book I would recommend to a new parent who isn't getting as much sleep as they might like.  One note, however, sleep training isn't effective until a child is at least 6 months old.  Just keep that in mind and give it a shot.


*Thanks to the people of TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review The Good Night Sleep Tight Workbook and for the copy of the book.  

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