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

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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child Book

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child


By: Marc Weissbluth
$24.95

Similar to Ferber's method, the Weissbluth method aims to teach healthy sleep habits by helping your baby learn how to put herself to sleep. It attempts to teach parents how to recognize their child's sleep cues and acting accordingly to each child's individual temperament. A consistent routine is also a main component in this technique.

Weissbluth believes that your approach to sleep-training should depend on how laid-back or strong-willed your child is. An easygoing baby can be taught to self-soothe with a no-cry or modified cry-it-out method similar to Ferber's. A stubborn baby may need a stricter approach like the "extinction" method.

The extinction method begins with you recognizing that your baby is ready for bed. Once sleep cues start, Weissbluth recommends soothing your baby by swaddling, rocking, or nursing, and placing her in bed while still awake. Once your baby has been put in bed, leave the room and don't go back in, even if your child is crying. The extinction method calls for you to let your baby to cry it out indefinitely at bedtime, and for up to an hour at nap time. This strategy isn't favored by all parents, since the indefinite cry time can be hard to handle (and exhausting!)

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