By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
The Sensible Sleep Solution: A guide to sleep in your baby’s first year
By Sarah Blunden & Angie Willcocks (Wakefield Press, $29.95, softcover, 167 pages)
Sleep-deprived parents may rejoice after reading this practical, middle-of-the-road approach to establishing healthy sleep habits in the first year of your baby’s life.
The good news is that most sleep problems in toddlers are preventable and this book tells you how.
The Sensible Sleep Solution and the COTSS (Creating Opportunities To Self-Soothe) techniques outlined have been devised and successfully used for many years by Dr Sarah Blunden in her sleep clinic and by Angie Willcocks in her psychology practice.
Realistically, the first year of a baby’s life is a time of great adjustment and you know that your sleep will undoubtedly be affected by the ‘new’ arrival. This is inevitable, but steps can be taken to minimise the likelihood of normal sleep disruptions becoming sleep problems.
Gain knowledge and understanding of the facts on infant development, how this may affect sleep and what you can do to help your baby develop healthy and self-soothing sleep habits at different stages in their first 12 months.
Two of Australia’s child sleep specialists outline a road map of what your baby’s sleep patterns will probably be like and provide tips on how to head in the direction of a happy and well-rested family.
Don’t look on this as a “quick-fix, but a journey outline” based on advice that lies somewhere between the extremes of giving in (i.e. having your baby share your bed when you’d prefer not to) or leaving your baby to cry for increasing periods (controlled crying).
Complete with month-to-month advice on how to settle your child—and some gorgeous life-size photographs—you will be able to establish good sleeping habits that can last a lifetime!
Edition 335, 16 October 2012
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