The No Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
A breakthrough approach for a good night’s sleep – with no tears.There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby “cry it out,” or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don’t believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley’s sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution.
Pantley’s successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based on her research, Pantley’s guide provides you with effective strategies to overcoming naptime and nighttime problems. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night’s sleep – all with no crying.
Tips from The No-Cry Sleep Solution:
– Uncover the stumbling blocks that prevent baby from sleeping through the night
– Determine – and work with – baby’s biological sleep rhythms
– Create a customized, step-by-step plan to get baby to sleep through the night
– Use the Persistent Gentle Removal System to teach baby to fall asleep without breastfeeding, bottlefeeding, or using a pacifier
There are some really nice ideas in this book, but I can’t help wishing that my own baby could read the book himself, understand it, and act upon it, because I have to say, it didn’t work for me.
As it turned out, we had already tried / were already trying many of the ideas in this book and to no avail. The only thing we hadn’t already done was keeping a sleep log, which, in the end, served only one purpose – to frustrate and stress me out, which I did not need!
I’ve now been following the book since the beginning of the year and two and a half months in there is little to no improvement. Some nights our baby sleeps in three-and-a-half-hour stints, which is all good and well, but more often than not, he still wakes every one-and-a-half to two hours on average. We’ve come to the conclusion that he’s a very light sleeper (not unlike his Mum!).
I’m sure these techniques will work for some families, unfortunately it didn’t work for us and I’m now left feeling that I’ve wasted time and energy stressing over completing sleep logs and trying various techniques when I should just be enjoying my baby and letting him get on with sleeping how he wants – he’ll eventually sleep through the night in his own time – all babies are different.
The book is well enough written, with a friendly tone, but the chatty little anecdotes from Mums extolling the virtues of the Pantley method that are supposed to encourage and reassure Mums have the opposite effect when the system isn’t working for you and your little one.
Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite