As you know, sleep training has taken up a large portion of my brain this month, and I have so many thoughts about Ferber’s book (AKA the Sleep Training Bible) that it deserves it’s own post.
Let’s dive into some Monday morning book chat!
“Priceless advice and concrete help for a whole new generation of anxious, frustrated, and overtired parents.”
Start date: 5/4/2017
Finish date: 5/10/2017
I haven’t read a ton of parenting books, but from the few that I have read, I’ve come to realize that they’re mostly fluff. The main points could be covered in a bullet point list or a pamphlet, but they fill up 200 pages with repetitive information and anecdotes. And even though the information may be helpful, you have to wade through a lot of tedious chapters to get to the good stuff.
This book is devoid of fluff. It’s crammed with research, very thorough, and at times I would’ve appreciated a few cutesy bullet points or testimonials, but it’s already over 400 pages long! Don’t let the size intimidate you, though; it’s interesting stuff, and once you get past the first few chapters, you can skip ahead to address your specific concerns. And there are many to address, since this book covers every sleep problem from infancy to adolescence, from babies sleeping through the night to sleepwalking to teenagers waking up in time for school.
Explaining the science of sleep and the accompanying research-based solutions was very comforting to me. I felt like I was in the capable hands of a non-judgemental expert, and that allowed me to trust the plan when I put it into practice, even while I was doubting if it would actually work. We decided to start sleep training when Amelia was 7 months old, and the Progressive-Waiting Approach worked for us… in just 4 nights! We had several habits to change: nursing to sleep, nighttime feedings, nursing back to sleep at every waking, and co-sleeping. Before trying Dr. Ferber’s approach, I thought there was no way it would work so well or so quickly. The first three nights were hard on us parents, but baby was still happy to see us in the morning, and she was sleeping through the night in under a week… and has been ever since!
I don’t subscribe to any particular parenting philosophy, but I do believe in doing whatever works best for my family, so it’s important to me that the parenting books I read are inclusive and balanced. I checked this out out from the library but bought a copy for future use…. as far as I’m concerned, it’s an invaluable resource for my personal library.
If you want the nitty gritty details of our sleep training experience, check out my Sleep Training Diary.
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