Good Nights for Everyone
- What: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
- When: Birth until teenage years
- Why: Better sleep for everyone
- Where: Amazon
You will find only one other sleep book on my shelves besides Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems. Marc Weissbluth’s Better Sleep Habits, Healthy Child offers simple steps to improve your child’s sleep. It addresses the needs of children with different temperaments as well as how to cope with a variety of sleep patterns and habits.
Once I again I highly recommend reading this book before giving birth – not because you’ve already started bad sleeping habits. But after you start getting up every couple of hours, reading complete sentences and understanding them gets tricky. The book divides nicely into sections by age, including the first month, second month, three to four months, four to twelve months, one to seven years, and older. It has one section to address any sleep problems or concerns, as well as a clear definition of healthy sleep and why it matters so much. It gives clear instructions on what to read based on how you currently sleep. Best of all, you don’t need to read the entire book in one go. You can read a couple chapters and still improve your nights dramatically. It promises that perfect timing for putting kids down to sleep results in no crying, but admits that lots of practice can be required before you reach that state.
If you need a helpful guide on establishing sleep routines, or a supplement to my favorite Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems, give this book a go.