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The Dream Sleeper


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Foreword by Amy DeMattia xi Meet Our Dream Team xv Preface xix Acknowledgments xxi Introduction: A Perfect Little World?Until Sleep Deprivation Knocks at Your Door 1 PART ONE Get Ready! Great sleep teaching begins with choice, change, and flexibility, not a quick fix. 1 What You Should Know Before You Start 7 The benefits of getting good sleep and a look at different philosophies on sleep. How to know whether your baby is ready for sleep teaching?and whether you are too. 2 Sleep Science 101 19 How sleep develops in children and the truth about night wakings. The science behind the reasons sleep is a learned skill?and the reason that going with your child?s natural sleep tendencies doesn?t work for a lot of babies. Also includes an overview of safe sleeping practices. An important chapter for all parents struggling with their child?s sleep issues. PART TWO Get Set! The six critical steps in guiding your baby toward sleep success. 3 Setting the Stage 37 Setting up your baby?s room to encourage better sleep and how to deal with unique or challenging sleep situations such as sharing a room. 4 Identifying Your Child?s Sleep Associations 57 Sleep associations are one of the biggest barriers to sleep. What sleep associations are, the negative associations common in young children, and the more positive associations parents should try to incorporate into their baby?s sleep time. 5 Creating a Daytime Sleeping and Eating Schedule 65 A guide to setting up the ideal eating and sleeping schedule, broken down by ages (birth to two months, two to four months, four to six months, six to fifteen months, fifteen months to three years). 6 Fixing Potential Feeding Issues 79 Examining and then maximizing your child?s feedings to quell fears of nighttime hunger and make sleep easier and more straightforward. 7 Setting Up a Support System 99 Reasons that parents should be equal participants in the sleep teaching process and ideas for getting aligned. 8 Keeping Emotional Issues in Check 109 Tips for managing your expectations of your child?s sleep, being the best sleep teacher you can be, and handling the guilt associated with hearing your child cry. PART THREE Get Sleep! Where the real work of sleep teaching begins?and continues. 9 Creating Your Lesson Plan 123 Picking the best day to begin, choosing a bedtime, deciding which room or place will work best to sleep-teach, teaching multiples, and emotionally preparing toddlers. 10 The First Twenty-Four Hours 143 The meat of our proven approach for putting a baby down for the night, interpreting different types of cries, determining how to respond to your child while he or she learns, and what to expect throughout the first night. 11 The Next Two Weeks (Including Naps) 173 The challenges associated with napping, what to do when a schedule isn?t working, and how to make modifications to your overall sleep plan. 12 Keeping It Going 195 Various issues that affect sleep, even in children who love sleep: dropping a nap, dealing with sickness or teething, travel disruptions, when to move your child to a toddler bed, and more. Appendix A: Frequently Asked Questions 213 Newborn and Baby 213 Toddler 218 Feeding 221 Sleep Teaching 223 Crying 229 Napping 231 Odds and Ends 232 Appendix B: Sleep Teaching Overview 239 Appendix C: Worksheet Templates 241 Worksheet 1: Sleeping and Eating Log 241 Worksheet 2: Contract for Sleep Teaching 243 Worksheet 3: Your Child?s Sleep Schedule 246 References 249 About the Authors 251 Index 253

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Conner Herman & Kira Ryan founded Dream Team Baby with the help of an advisory board including a neurologist, pediatrician, nurse practitioner, psychologist, and behavioral therapist. Together they created new ways of getting children to love sleep.


One-time U.S. Air Force intelligence officer Herman and research strategist Ryan, cofounders of sleep consultation company Dream Team Baby, appear to be cutting their teeth on new parents' weary desperation. The book is divided into three parts and covers the usual terrain of Q&As, worksheets, and sample schedules based on the baby's age. VERDICT Kudos to the authors for keeping the text under 250 pages. Still, my advice is the same as last year: if you have Marc Weissbluth's titles on sleep, there is no need to update. See also Harvey Karp's The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids From Birth to 5 Years reviewed below. No silver bullet here. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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