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How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night: 7 Books Explain the Most Common Sleep Training Methods

by Lindsay Hutton

How well does your baby sleep? Whether he screams at bedtime, frequently wakes up, or doesn't like to nap, it may seem like a good night's sleep (for everyone!) is something only dreams are made of. If you think sleep training might be the answer but aren't sure where to start, you've come to the right place. From cry-it-out to tear-free approaches, this list of books outlines the most popular sleep-training techniques. Before starting any sleep training method, talk to your pediatrician about your child's sleep needs. Also, explore these products that can help babies sleep.

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Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems Book

Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems

By: Richard Ferber

Richard Ferber's "cry-it-out" method is one of the most well-known (and controversial) sleep training techniques today. Ferber has become so closely associated to it that it's often called "Ferberizing."

Ferber believes that a child can be taught to soothe himself to sleep when he is emotionally and physically ready, typically between 3 and 5 months of age. He recommends following the same bedtime routine every night, putting your child to bed while still awake, and leaving the room for a predetermined amount of time, even if your child is crying. The book explains a process by which you return to comfort your baby by patting him (not by picking him up), leave again for a longer period of time, and continue the process until your baby is asleep. This routine is known as "progressive waiting."

While many parents criticize this method for being too harsh, recent research suggests it is not harmful. Ferber believes your baby will learn to soothe himself to sleep within a few days to a week.

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