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I read "Sleeping Through the Night" by Jodi Mindell which includes pretty common sense stuff. Have a bedtime routine, put him to bed drowsy but not yet asleep, etc. You don't start until 6 weeks at the absolute earliest (I think that's true for any sleep training program). Caleb is already "sleep trained" though and I never had to do anything except create a bed time routine (which is his favorite thing all day). He goes to sleep when I put him in his crib at 9, only wakes up once to eat, and then promptly goes back to sleep.
I wouldn't recommend Baby Wise. I have some friends that have used it and it seems really harsh for young babies and if their routine is messed up by even 15 minutes it messes up the whole day for baby. I'd have an impossible time getting Caleb on a strict feeding schedule anyways. When the boy is hungry he's HUNGRY and it'd be mean to leave him waiting just because it wasn't the correct time yet.
I've read about a dozen sleep books and my favorite is the No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantly (if I'm remembering the author right). I second being leery about Babywise. The AAP actually put out a warning against the book a while back because it's harshness could lead to failure to thrive. It also has some funky history behind it including a church on the cult watch list, no drs or anyone in the med field backing up the theories and some other funky stuff. It makes for an interesting read if you spend some time Googling it.
With my first I think I just about read them all! Including all the ones listed here.
My favorite one was "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Dr. Weissbluth. I need to pull it out and read it again.
But really what I have found is that this first year, babies switch it up SO much and ALL babies are different. All three of mine have been, at least so far with Ben. They go through sleep phases, regressions, teething, etc... Really soon they will start getting really alert and stop all this newborn sleepiness business and it might get a little more difficult to get them to sleep. That's why people usually sleep train around 6 mos, some babies just WONT go to sleep on their own so a little crying happens when parents just cant take it anymore haha. The key is to know what their awake times should be, watch for sleepy signs, and make a little bedtime routine (but not TOO much of a routine because sometimes that can be hard to keep up).
I will be honest, I dont like CIO, but sometimes it is necessary, not only for the mother to get sleep, but for the child to get sleep which means a healthier and happier child. My second would NOT NOT NOT go to sleep without crying before bed, no matter what I tried to do to "ease" her into sleep. She still has to cry a little to let off steam.
Im really hoping Ben is my good sleeper.
Mommy to Charlotte (b. 12/15/2008)
and Clara (b. 11/28/2010)
and Benjamin (b. 12/11/2012)
Last edited by hilhillrn; January 15th, 2013 at 09:09 PM.