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The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night


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Amy BookGirl, April 16, 2013 (view all comments by Amy BookGirl)
This book is a beacon of hope to those mired in the fog of sleep deprivation.

There is an almost universal malady among parents of young children and babies and it’s called Sleep Deprived. You know if you suffer from this condition if your baggy eyes remind you to that you need to call Grandma June, your pillow hair resists all attempts at taming, you put the cereal in the fridge and milk in the cupboard, and slinged to your body is a bundle from heaven for whom all of this is worthwhile.

But you think, “Can’t I have this wonderful baby AND get some sleep?”

What if I said, “Yes”?

If you’re like me you’d say, “But I can’t--won’t make her cry.”

What if I still said, “Yes”?

It is possible. I know because I was there and we did it thanks to a wonderful book called The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Instead of a one-size-fits all approach this book respects the unique combination of you and your baby’s temperaments. Not once, has there ever been a mom exactly like you, nor a baby exactly like yours. This wonderful variety among people almost ensures that whatever trick worked for someone else probably won’t for you, and you’re left feeling like you’re doing something wrong. This book supports different parenting styles by offering help for nursing moms, bottle fed babies, pacifier users, co-sleeper and crib sleepers alike and provides dozens ideas from which you plot your own route out of the fog of sleep deprivation.

At four months old, my first daughter Danielle was only waking once a night and we thought the worst was behind us. However, her sleep got progressively worse as she started teething and reaching developmental milestones. I knew my tenderhearted husband and I would not be able to muster the wherewithal to let her cry-it-out, as her doctor and many of my friends felt was the only way.

According to my sleep logs, at about 9 months of age I was up 11 times a night tending to every little whimper and perceived sign of discomfort. She was sleeping a total of 8 ½ hours a night with only one or two short 45 minute naps a day. I was exhausted, desperate, and feeling like a failure because I couldn’t help my spirited little baby get the rest she needed. Other babies I knew that were her age were taking two, two-hour naps a day and sleeping 12 hours a night! What was I doing wrong? It turned out that my spirited baby wasn't wired to sleep as much as other babies, and that’s OK. Using this book, I learned how to set her circadian rhythms, (and my own) and how to prime her for sleep. With something as simple as setting an early bedtime, she improved her sleep by almost 2 hours a night! Further, I was able to learn to which night-wakings I needed to respond and which was normal sleep movements and noises. I was waking the poor thing up! The map I created led us to a place we could live in. It still fell short of other people’s standards, but that was OK; because as Elizabeth teaches it’s only a problem, if we feel it's a problem. And we no longer did.

By the time Gabrielle came along, all those changes we made to our daily life that felt unnatural four years ago were now intuitive. I followed Elizabeth’s advice without even being conscious of it and had a much easier time helping her sleep well from the beginning. Although, we too found ourselves in rough waters, but Elizabeth’s book was right there, whispering words of kindly advice like breezes into my sails, righting our course and sending us to the pleasant waters of restful nights.

How this Book Works

One of the first things Elizabeth says is to “use this book however it is helpful to you”. You don’t like the idea of doing logs all night or the formality of creating a sleep plan? Don't. It’s OK. The strength of this book is the ideas, support and hope it provides. It is a map showing many routes out of the fog of sleep deprivation. You build your own boat, choose the beacons and the speed at which you travel. The magic is that with her ideas and your perseverance, they all lead to a sunnier place.

Do a Safety Check
Whether you plan to co-sleep, use a co-sleeper or crib there are important safety considerations to follow. I found the co-sleeping safety advice particularly helpful, most other resources simply discourage the practice and since I chose to do it anyway, I was grateful that Elizabeth showed me how to do it safely.

Learn Basic Sleep Facts
Just the most important facts about sleep and circadian rhythms to help you understand how the following solutions will help.

Sleep Logs
Logging what’s actually happening at night to help you asses your current situation. This is probably the most discouraging step, but hang in there--help is coming!

Review and Choose Solutions
I was relieved when I got to this point. The solutions are divided into sections based on age: newborn to four-months-old and four-months to two-years old.

Create your Personal Sleep Plan
This is the fun part. You pick and choose from all the wonderful ideas to create a plan that fits you and your baby.

The second half of the book deals with logging your nights using your new plan so you can track your progress and troubleshoot the rough spots. It may take several iterations to achieve the goals you set, but you’re well on your way. At this point I began to think of Elizabeth as my wise friend and the other moms as my sleep support group. Their testimonies, woven throughout the book, are very comforting and supportive. The book wraps up with more information about revising your plan and logging your results as well as information about how to get you sleeping again, once baby is doing better.

It is a concise 246 pages, chock full of advice, support and only the most pertinent clinical information. After all, tired mamas shouldn't have to wade through a thousand page tome of medical jargon to glean a little help and hope.

Once you've navigated out of the fog of sleep deprivation, you can bask in the love and beauty of your baby. You’ll see with clarity routes through the many challenges of parenthood and life. Each night you can go to bed relaxed knowing that you have the skills to navigate through future patches of rough water, thanks to your perseverance and this lovely book.
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BuddhistMama, September 8, 2011 (view all comments by BuddhistMama)
Two babies, and two attempts to follow Pantley's method. When my first baby was about seven months old, I became desperate to try any alternative to the Cry-It-Out method. I did not want to give up co-sleeping with my daughter, but no one was actually sleeping. I was attracted to the gentle and gradual approach in this book that I hoped would meet her needs as much as ours. It was not the "solution" for us. Although some of the ideas and techniques were helpful, we did not find the magical combination of techniques and timings and locations that might have worked eventually; after a couple months we found success with crying it out in a crib in a separate room and she's continued to be a great sleeper since. Now I have a four month old son and I am hoping that starting earlier with this book will save us those hardest months of tears and sleep deprivation, and I am beginning to see some positive results! The 'Pantley's Gentle Removal Plan' is effective, despite the goofy name and tendency to make simple things into a belabored process. I am hopeful for the next stages. I recommend reading this book when baby is a newborn for some insightful ideas about infant sleep and tips that can be incorporated into any family's sleep routines.
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athlete45, April 5, 2011 (view all comments by athlete45)
The solutions in this book are impractical when applied. The author details methodology used on her children. If the results are proven there would be no need to publish the same book for toddlers.
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athlete45, April 5, 2011 (view all comments by athlete45)
The solutions in this book are impractical when applied. The author details methodology used on her children. If the results are proven there would be no need to publish the same book for toddlers.
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mariekromano, March 23, 2009 (view all comments by mariekromano)
I cannot say enough great things about this book. I stumbled upon it at the bookstore a few weeks back. I was looking for anything to help me get out of the fog I was walking around in from lack of sleep. I have a 10 month old daughter who is "determined, stubborn, and strong willed". This is a quote from her pediatrician. We got to the point where she would wake up 8 to 10 times a night wanting to nurse and if she didn't she would SCREAM. I mean really scream!!!! She hated her crib and would get so upset that she would start hyperventilating.

The cover with the lovely sleeping baby pulled me in and by the first paragraph I was enthralled. What made me like this book so much was the easy, gentle, open suggestions for each UNIQUE family. We were seriously sleep deprived and I was crying at the drop of a hat. Pantley's book gave me suggestions for EVERY situation. She covered the breastfeeder, the bottle feeder, co-sleeping, crib sleeping etc. At first my husband rolled his eyes at me because he said NOTHING would work..she was just stubborn. He is now Pantley's second biggest fan! (behind me of course).

I am so delighted and amazed to say that our little girl is now sleeping through the night most nights. We made a plan, STUCK TO IT, and by the 3rd night she only woken up twice, AND she put herself back to sleep once!!! I can honestly tell you that the thought and love in which the author puts into this book makes you truly feel like you will make it through...and then if you use the book correctly, YOU DO! I am going on the 3rd night of sleeping through the night and it's only been 3 weeks since we started this. Since the 3rd night we've only had 2 night wakings max and we don't ever have to take her out of the crib if we have to intervene. Using Pantley's suggestions she now loves her crib! It's wonderful!

I was desperate and at the end of my rope. This book was a blessing! I recommend it to everyone.
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Product Details

Pantley, Elizabeth
McGraw-Hill Education
Pantley Elizabeth
Chicago, IL
Child rearing
Parent and child
Infants & Toddlers - Infants
Sleep disorders in children
Parenting - General
Sleep & Sleep Disorders
Life Stages - Infants & Toddlers/Infants
Child Care and Parenting-Infancy and Toddlerhood
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Publication Date:
March 2002
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
8.18x5.64x.72 in. .68 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Sleep is one of the most-discussed topics among new parents - because they don't get enough. Elizabeth Pantley has devised a programme for helping babies sleep through the night without having to cry it out.
"Synopsis" by , "At long last, I've found a book that I can hand to weary parents with the confidence that they can learn to help their baby sleep through the night--without the baby crying it out."--William Sears, M.D., Author of "The Baby Book." Illustrations.

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