How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night: 7 Books Explain the Most Common Sleep Training Methods
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The Baby Sleep Book
By: William Sears
On the opposite end of the cry-it-out technique is Sears' method that encourages attachment parenting, and focuses on gentle, stress-free ways of helping a baby get to sleep.
Dr. Sears calls for a consistent nap and bedtime routine (surprise!), and enjoyable rituals before bed to help your baby recognize that it is bedtime. He believes the routine of a "warm bath, to warm arms, to warm breast, to warm bed" helps put a child to sleep. He says to keep your baby warm and close until he is asleep, so he doesn't feel like he is falling asleep alone.
Sears is an advocate of cosleeping (also known as shared sleep) — an act that means sleeping with your baby within arm's reach, either in your own bed, in a cosleeper bassinet attached to the bed, or with the crib next to your bed. Parents who use this method believe shared sleep helps their baby fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, promotes breastfeeding, and helps build an emotional bond between mom and baby.