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Old 03-19-2013, 08:51 AM   #1
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Best books on infant sleeping habits?

I need to get my 9 month olds sleep under control He won't sleep unless he's being held - even overnight, he needs to be on the boob or under my arm. I don't want to co-sleep forever, so I need some ideas on healthy sleep habits without CIO. Thanks

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Wish I could help. My 11 month still does both those things. I plan to use Jay Gordon's sleep book again eventually. Worked well for my DS2. He was about 9 months when I started it.
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Thanks, I'll look into that! We did the same thing with DS1 (cosleeping and letting him nap on my lap) but eventually around this age I could put him in his crib and rub his back until he dozed off..Indi just SCREAMS the second we put him down.
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I highly recommend The No-Cry Sleep Solution. It does not use CIO. What I really love about it is that it doesn't push a one-size-fits-all strategy like so many sleep books.* It presents a whole range of solutions that you can try to see what might work best for your particular child/family.

*Seriously, so many of the books, especially the ones that heavily push CIO/training, take this insanely alarmist tone. "If your child is not sleeping through the night at eight weeks, it will haunt him for life! He will never develop healthy sleep habits, will fail out of kindergarten, and bomb his SATs!"
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My ds2 was doing sooo good. Then he started teething and now he has to sleep ON me at a times. I'm lucky if I can lay him down and get a shower in. I think it's a power thing at this point. But I'm too weak willed at this point.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:23 AM   #6
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I highly recommend The No-Cry Sleep Solution. It does not use CIO. What I really love about it is that it doesn't push a one-size-fits-all strategy like so many sleep books.* It presents a whole range of solutions that you can try to see what might work best for your particular child/family.

*Seriously, so many of the books, especially the ones that heavily push CIO/training, take this insanely alarmist tone. "If your child is not sleeping through the night at eight weeks, it will haunt him for life! He will never develop healthy sleep habits, will fail out of kindergarten, and bomb his SATs!"
That's exaclty what I've found with a lot of sleep books. I'm fine with a little CIO with a toddler once I know their needs are met, but I definitely don't feel comfortable letting a baby cry because they just don't understand why. I don't think he will have bad sleep patterns forever! I think most babies have trouble sleeping independently. Teething doesn't help!
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I second the "No-Cry Sleep Solution". I've used it with all 3 of mine now and love it.

It's not an overnight fix, but forms good sleeping habits that stick. We started using it around 9 months and 2 of the 3 were sleeping 12 hours without waking by 12 months, and the 3rd waking once from 12-18 months for just a few minutes.

While it didn't work overnight, within a few weeks we went from waking up every 1-2 hours to only 2-3 quick times a night.
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*Seriously, so many of the books, especially the ones that heavily push CIO/training, take this insanely alarmist tone. "If your child is not sleeping through the night at eight weeks, it will haunt him for life! He will never develop healthy sleep habits, will fail out of kindergarten, and bomb his SATs!"
Word. DH made me throw all the sleep books away because of this, even the No Cry Sleep Solution. So, no book recs, but my son was a terrible sleeper and yet is clearly not brain damaged in anyway. He's only 22 months, but everyone (Daycare teachers, pediatrician, other moms) tell me he is very smart, so those 35 minute naps apparently didn't damage him all that much.
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I second the "No-Cry Sleep Solution". I've used it with all 3 of mine now and love it.

It's not an overnight fix, but forms good sleeping habits that stick. We started using it around 9 months and 2 of the 3 were sleeping 12 hours without waking by 12 months, and the 3rd waking once from 12-18 months for just a few minutes.

While it didn't work overnight, within a few weeks we went from waking up every 1-2 hours to only 2-3 quick times a night.
Share your secrets? I have had the no cry sleep solution for about 10 years now and have read it cover to cover MULTIPLE times and Im at a loss for this LO. She is different than all my other babies. She seems to need me RIGHT THERE next to her to sleep, especially at night. She is 11 months old.
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Re: Best books on infant sleeping habits?

Hands down this book "The 90 minute baby sleep program" - by Polly Moore

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS.../chrisficti-20

It absolutely solved our sleeping problems. DS was taking an hour to get to sleep each time, and would only sleep for 30 minutes at a time. By following her routine and trying to get baby back to sleep after being awake for 90 minutes, he started going to sleep within 15 minutes and sleeping for an hour and a half. He was so much happier too!!

It has nothing to do with cio or anything like that, but it focuses on your baby's sleep/awake cycles and trying to find the right timing so baby will go to sleep easily.

I highly, highly recommend it!!
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