Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide for Modern Parents Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Audible Audiobook, Unabridged
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The expert, hilarious, and tactically comprehensive baby sleep book!
Parenting a baby or toddler is the grandest adventure of all, when you’re not miserably exhausted. Sleep expert Alexis Dubief, of the wildly popular website Precious Little Sleep, imparts effective, accessible, and flexible strategies based on years of research that will dramatically improve your child’s sleep, detailing seven methods to teach your baby to sleep so that you can find what works best for your family.
This book will help you tackle the thorniest sleep snags, including:
- Navigating the tricky newborn phase like a pro
- Getting your child to truly sleep through the night
- Weaning off the all night buffet
- Mastering the precarious tango that is healthy napping
- Solving toddler and preschooler sleep struggles
If you’re looking for practical solutions to improve your child’s sleep in a book that won’t put you to sleep, this is for you!
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 5 minutes|
|Audible.in Release Date||17 December 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #6,849 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#16 in Parenting Infants & Toddlers
#262 in Relationships
#4,275 in Family & Relationships
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Our daughter would need resettling every 20-30 minutes in the evening for the first 3 hours of her sleep. We used the awfully named 'pull-out' technique and started to see results straight away. 3 days later we could put her down awake (and not crying) and she wouldn't need us again until the first feed 5 hours later.
There are lots of techniques in this book so you can choose the one that suits your baby and your situation the best.
I was struggling to find a sleep training technique that didn't involve leaving her to cry but the 'pull-out' technique from this book was exactly that. It worked much better and more quickly than I was hoping.
This book is useful for the chart it has that shows how much babies should be sleeping and napping at different ages... a graphic you can easily find through a Google search.
Beyond that, it wasn't very useful to me personally.
It is mainly a useful manual for cry it out sleep training, even though it claims to go through all possible sleep training scenarios.
I read it and tried everything in it. Ummm still waiting for it to "work".
The gentle sleep training methods she describes are so gentle and incremental most parents who don't want to do extinction training are using these methods already anyway. They basically consist of doing less and less of whatever you're currently doing to get baby to go to sleep over many days, weeks, or months. Yes. Months. Some babies will take months to "train" (or rather, to developmentally grow out of frequent night wakings).
The author also explains honestly that even trained babies will hit lots of unexplainable sleep snags because they're babies, so even your once independent sleeper may stop sleeping thru. That's possibly the most helpful information in this book. Spoiler alert: basically: babies dont sleep like adults. Don't expect them to.
I had purchased this book with the (completely unrealistic) hope it would tell me some secret that wasn't spelled out anywhere else and that everyone was conspiring to keep from me about how I could get my baby to sleep thru the night.... I hoped it would be the silver bullet to solving my baby's "sleep issues"... turns out the only way to truly make a baby sleep like an adult is to wait for a baby to grow into an adult haha.
So, moms and dads, if you want a step by step on cry it out extinction training? This book has it. Otherwise, batton down the hatches, and do what parents have done for generations: bring the baby into bed with you and drink coffee and cope til they learn to sleep on their own (and they all do, eventually. Promise).
For the first 7 weeks of her life, my baby girl was nursed and held to sleep including naps. We enjoyed it thoroughly in the beginning of course, then came Christmas holiday when it got to the peak point. Her sleep was all over the place, she’d wake up the minute being put down to her bed, and scream and scream after that when we tried to soothe her back to sleep on our chest. Countless nights of nervously tiptoeing around her cot made me exhausted.
Post holiday I knew I had to change. There are so many books about baby sleep and it’s so hard to pick. Thanks to those previous reviews here for this book, and the free Kindle preview, I’d given it a go and it has been a lifesaver!
What I like the most about this book is a clear understanding of baby sleep, why baby behaves certain ways when it comes to sleep and therefore I can adapt the methods that suits with my baby best. I also feel encouraged to help my baby sleep independently from 8 weeks, instead of feeling guilty I’m not holding her enough.
We saw change almost immediately from Day 1. Instead of nursing or holding her, I’d put her to bed when she was still awake but sleepy. With white noise and a consistent bedtime routine, she started to cry/complain less at bedtime and sleep much better and earlier. After the first successful week, I moved on to do the same with nap time and now she does 3 long naps and 1 short power nap independently each day. She also happily goes to bed between 8-9pm now.
I really can’t recommend this book enough, and thanks the author enough. All the advice is extremely helpful with lots of different scenarios so you can pick up what works best for you and your baby. We’ve recently done a short trip to our parents and were worried she’d not sleep that well but she did great. We brought white noise and did everything the same as at home. She’s so much happier now too that she sleeps and rests well.
Chapter 7 has the following chapters in this order :
A Psychologists perspective,
To Slip or not to Slip,
How to Slip,
To Check or not to Check,
What happens during SLIP,
Dealing with your Fear,
Sleep training for the Long Haul,
Picking the right Time,
These are all relevant topics to cover in this chapter, but the flow between each section is odd. I would have much preferred a structure of
What will This Chapter Cover,
Who is this Chapter For
The Methods/Practical steps,
the evidence supporting this approach,
the evidence against this approach,
Summary of what we Learned.
The chapters lack any form of high-level summary at the end, so you end up reading a chapter bouncing between topics, and by the end not really sure what you actually took-in. I have read the entire book and I would struggle to tell you exactly what SWAP and SLIP are. And these are the two key topics in the book. I understand that every baby is different, and the book feels to have been written with this in mind. But it ends up for myself as difficult practically to follow.
Given the length of the book also it often misses key details. On page 77 there is a table informing what time your child should be going to sleep depending on their age, and then talks about Sleep Management. However the key information the book lacks is how to get your child to these times. It may be an obvious thing of shifting your bed time routine up earlier by 15 minutes every few days, but the book doesn't go into this detail on this at all.
Given the book is also going to be read by those who are tired, exhausted, and looking for help, having a confusing structure, heavy amounts of comedy anecdotes, and key details missing means I would struggle to solely recommend this book for helping your baby/child sleep.