The Complete Guide to Helping Your Baby Sleep Through the Night So You Can Too: 101 Tips and Tricks Every Parent Needs to Know

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-30
  • Publisher: Atlantic Pub Co
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The tips in this book are designed to provide every parent with the knowledge they need to help their baby feel more comfortable in their crib and start sleeping through the night not only for the first time, but consistently for the foreseeable future. You will learn exactly how much sleep your baby needs and what traditional definitions of sleep have to say about children under the age of two, including how they sleep and what they need in their sleep. You will learn the rules of infant and baby sleep and how they may not fit into your traditional notions of slumber and why it is necessary to think carefully before taking any additional measures. The necessary tools you need for helping your baby sleep through the night, including the right music, the right food, the right bedding, and the right amount of attention. You will learn when it is best to leave your baby to themselves and when they need you late at night, and what kinds of sleep disturbing habits they and you might be performing that is keeping them from sleeping comfortably. Experts in child psychology, pediatrics, and sleep have been interviewed and provided their experiences in the book to help all new parents deal with the trials and tribulations of a baby who will not sleep through the night. You will learn how certain developmental factors can affect sleep and what situations, however small, can disrupt sleep entirely.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 15
Introductionp. 19
Baby Sleeping Factsp. 25
Understand Basic Sleep Factsp. 26
Understand Your Baby's Sleep Needsp. 28
Set Realistic Expectationsp. 31
Sleep Patterns Will Change as Your Baby Growsp. 36
Do Not Expect Too Much Too Soonp. 37
Healthy Sleep Habits are Taught, Not Naturally Acquiredp. 41
Healthy Sleep Habits are Vital to Good Daytime Functioningp. 43
Babies Need Practice to Develop Healthy Sleep Habitsp. 44
Crashing is Not a Healthy Sleep Habitp. 45
Remember Safety When Sleep Training Your Babyp. 47
Current Sleep Habitsp. 51
Create a Sleep Logp. 51
Analyze Your Completed Sleep Logp. 53
Use Your Sleep Log to Determine the Best Plan for Your Child and Familyp. 56
Use Sleep Logs to Analyze the Success of the New Sleep Planp. 57
Causes of Sleep Problemsp. 63
Identify Whether Medical Issues are Affecting Your Baby's Sleepp. 64
Identify if Anxiety or Psychological Disorders are Affecting Your Baby's Sleepp. 67
Identify Trained Behaviors that are Affecting Your Baby's Sleepp. 71
Identify Other Factors that Affect Your Baby's Sleepp. 72
Some Babies will Take Longer to Learn to Sleep Well Than Othersp. 73
Starting Sleep Training Early Can Prevent Problems From Arisingp. 74
Parents Can Contribute to a Child's Sleep Problemsp. 76
Understand Nighttime Behavior, and Deal with it Appropriatelyp. 78
Remember: Almost Every Baby has the Ability to Sleep Wellp. 79
Strategies for Getting Your Baby to Sleepp. 85
Recognize Your Baby's Drowsy Signsp. 105
Do Not Give Up on Sleep Training if the First Strategy Does Not Workp. 106
Decide if Co-sleeping or the Family Bed is Right for Youp. 107
Know When Your Baby Needs Youp. 115
Avoid Strategy Jumpingp. 116
Gradual Approaches are More Prone to Cause Relapsesp. 117
Parental Inconsistency Often Leads to Bad Sleep Habitsp. 118
Combat Stalling Tactics Before Your Child Tries Themp. 121
Pick a Sleep Strategy that Both Parents are Comfortable Withp. 123
Do Not Make Decisions About Sleep Strategies or Change Sleep Strategies in the Middle of the Nightp. 124
Setting the Mood for Sleepp. 127
Understand that a Baby's Environment Can Enhance or Detract From Her Sleepp. 128
Pick the Right Room and Furniturep. 130
Pick the Right Bedp. 132
Pick the Soundp. 134
Pick the Right Sleepwearp. 135
Pick the Right Crib Accessoriesp. 136
Pick the Right Bedtime Storyp. 139
Pick the Right Lightingp. 140
Pick the Right Temperaturep. 141
Pick the Right Smellp. 142
Pick the Right Positionp. 143
Pick the Right Feeding Timesp. 144
Establishing a Routinep. 151
Plan Your Baby's Bedtime Routine Before Bedtimep. 151
Maintain Your Routine Even When Life Gets in the Wayp. 153
Make Sure Your Baby Knows She is Safe, Cared for, and Loved Before Bedp. 156
Establish a Realistic Bedtimep. 160
Establish a Realistic Wake-up Timep. 161
Getting Your Baby to Sleep Well Starts First-thing in the Morningp. 162
Establish Appropriate and Consistent Naptimesp. 163
Do Not Stimulate Your Baby Before Bedp. 167
Remember: Routines Will Change as Your Baby Agesp. 168
Do Not Give in to Pleadingp. 169
Breaking Bad Habitsp. 171
Recognize Your Child's Sleep Associationsp. 172
It is Not Too Late to Change Sleep Associationsp. 173
Replace Bad Sleep Associations with Good Onesp. 175
Taper Off Nighttime Feedings as Your Child Agesp. 176
You Baby Should Fall Asleep in the Same Place He Will Sleep Throughout the Nightp. 177
Your Willpower Must be Greater Than Your Baby'sp. 178
Ask for Helpp. 179
Put Yourself in Your Baby's Shoesp. 181
Do Not Take Frustration Out on Your Babyp. 181
Exercise Your Child or Stimulate Your Baby During the Dayp. 182
Nappingp. 187
Know How Long Your Baby Should Nap for His Agep. 187
Identify Your Baby's Naptime Associationsp. 189
Remember: Almost all Babies and Children Need Napsp. 189
Keep Naptimes and Lengths Consistent - Even When Nighttime Sleep is Notp. 191
Put Your Baby to Sleep for Naptime Using the Same Method You Use for Bedtimep. 192
Do Not Let Your Baby Nap Too Late in the Dayp. 193
Do Not Rush to Comfort Your Baby if He Stirs During Naptimep. 195
Not All Children are Impacted the Same by Naptime Discrepanciesp. 196
Do Not Skip Naps in Order For Your Baby to Sleep Better at Nightp. 197
If Your Baby Refuses to Nap, Insist on a Rest Time Insteadp. 198
Older Siblings and Multiple Birthsp. 203
Pick Appropriate Bed Times for Each Child Separatelyp. 203
Do Not be Afraid of Waking Older Childrenp. 204
Involve Older Children in the Processp. 205
Ensure Healthy Sleep Habits of Older Children Before the Baby's Arrivalp. 206
Mold Older Children in to ˘Heavy÷ Sleepersp. 212
Separate Children During Bedtime if Necessaryp. 214
Teach Twins to Fall Asleep Separatelyp. 218
Consider Using Separate Cribs or Rooms for Twinsp. 219
Changes in Routinep. 221
Milestones will Impact Your Child's Sleep Schedulep. 221
Stress Can Impact Your Baby's Sleepp. 222
After a Temporary Routine Change or Illness, Resume the Normal Schedule ASAPp. 223
Do Not Disrupt Your Baby's Sleep Schedule to Accommodate Visiting Family or Friendsp. 224
Do Not be Discouraged if Old Techniques Stop Workingp. 225
Be Patient and Know that Temporary Periods of Disrupted Sleep are Normalp. 226
Sleepless Parentsp. 231
Identify Root Causes of Sleepless Nightsp. 231
Create Order and Structure in Your Own Lifep. 233
De-stress Before Your Bedtime and Create a Bedtime Routine for Yourselfp. 234
Give Yourself Time to Relearn How to Sleep Through the Nightp. 236
Exercise Dailyp. 237
Avoid Caffeine or Other Stimulants Late in the Dayp. 238
Eat Healthy During the Day and Avoid Big Meals Before Bedtimep. 239
Create a Relaxing Environment Conducive to Sleepp. 240
When All Else Failsp. 243
Take a Breakp. 243
Do Not Play the Blame Gamep. 244
Remind Yourself that Sleep Training is Worth the Effortp. 245
Get More Helpp. 245
Conclusionp. 251
Checklists, Sleep Logs, and Chartsp. 255
Average Sleep Needs of Babies and Toddlersp. 255
Weekly Sleep Logp. 256
Weekly Daytime Sleep Logp. 257
Weekly Daytime Feeding Logp. 258
Weekly Diaper Logp. 259
Setting the Mood Checklistp. 260
Expert Biographies and Contact Informationp. 263
Additional Resourcesp. 273
Books on Babiesp. 273
Books on Adult Sleepp. 274
Books on Baby/Toddler Sleepp. 275
Books on Co-Sleepingp. 276
Web Sitesp. 276
Helpful Organizationsp. 279
Other SIDS Web Sites/Articlesp. 280
Bibliographyp. 281
Author Biographyp. 283
Indexp. 285
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