A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night’s Sleep
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night’s Sleep by Marc Weissbluth, M.D.
Try to read all of this before your baby is born because no matter how tired you may feel now, you will be even more tired once your baby has arrived. Trying to read anything then is difficult, to say the least. In these chapters you will gain an understanding as to why healthy sleep is valuable, how to satisfy your baby’s need to sleep, how to cope with fussiness or crying in the evening, and how to prevent sleep problems.
If you have already delivered your baby, it is likely that you are exhausted, feeling a little lost, or both. Shortly after the birth, you may have “baby brain” and be unable to concentrate, focus, or develop a plan of action because you are so sleep-deprived. And if you are breast-feeding, it is possible that you feel physically drained. It is absolutely necessary for husbands, who never have “baby brain,” to read portions of this book and to act as a coach for their wives.
First, even if your baby was not very fussy or crying much in the evenings, please read Chapter 4, because all babies have some fussiness. Then go to the sleep problems discussed in Chapter 3; first read about the problem and then consult the Action Plan for Exhausted Parents.
Finally, read the Action Plan for Exhausted Parents in the chapters before and after the chapter for your child’s age, because chronological age is only a rough guide both for sleep problems and their solutions. If your child has snoring or mouth breathing during sleep or has very dry and itchy skin, read the appropriate sections in Chapter 10 or 11.
Part I. How Children Sleep
- Why Healthy Sleep Is So Important
- Healthy Sleep and Sleep Strategies
- Sleep Problems and Solutions
- Sleep, Extreme Fussiness/Colic, and Temperament
Part II. How Parents Can Help Their Children Establish Healthy Sleep Habits: You Can Prevent Sleep Disturbances from Infancy to Adolescence
- Months One to Four
- Months Five to Twelve
- Months Thirteen to Thirty-six
- Preschool Children
- Schoolchildren and Adolescence
Part III. Other Sleep Disturbances and Concerns
- Special Sleep Problems
- Special Events and Concerns
- Competent Parents, Competent Child, by Karen Pierce, M.D.
- The Pros and Cons of Other Approaches to Sleep Problems
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