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Only a dozen of pages actually talk about how to move away from feeding to sleep, the whole book rather explains why it is normal and healthy that baby feeds at night and loves feeding to sleep. It helped me feel better with myself about co-sleeping and feeding my baby to sleep up until this point, however when I bought this book it was because this was no longer sustainable for me, and because contact naps were not allowing my baby to have long peaceful naps so I was worried for him too. I enjoyed the read but it didn't respond to my primary need, I am now reaching out to sleep consultants...
I was looking for months the best way to put my baby to sleep, to get more sleep for myself. I thought I knew all the advise widely available, but nothing worked for my baby. My partner was insisting to train the baby, accepting a little fussiness and crying. I finally gave out and we went through horrendous night and the sad baby the next day waking up crying from her sleep (she used to always wake up quietly playing with herself and welcome me with a smile). I'm so thankful I found and bought this book that day, and read it with one breath the same day through sleepless night, while my baby slept sucking my breast in my arms. This is NOT just the book to make you feel better about what you are doing. The author explains different possible underlying reasons for your baby behaviour, so you can choose the best way to address them. He also gives lots of practical "tricks" to achieve your sleeping goals as much as possible, without damaging the trusty relationship with your baby - the tricks i didn't know about and didn't come up with myself before. The people who advocate training the baby through controlled crying or cry it out - should IN PARTICULAR read this book. The crying methods promise to change your baby behaviour in 2weeks - this book offers solution in 4weeks. 2weeks is not a big trade off for a happier baby... I recommend this excellent book to everyone.
I'm a fan of Pinky McKay. I read her articles, her other books, etc. But when I bought this book, I was expecting helpful tips to help my baby sleep through. Instead, it's a book that encourages you to 'go with the flow'. I have been going with the flow and wanted to get some tips on how to gently help my baby sleep longer so we at least have 2 hours before our next feed/hugs. This books makes you realise that all babies are different, that mothers need to always be nourishing and help our little ones out. This gave me the much needed reinforcement that picking up my baby when she wants hugs is ok. Other books will tell you to let them cry it out - that's not my kind of parenting.
If you want tips on gently weaning your baby off feeding to sleep, gentle ways for teaching your bub to self settle, Elizabeth Pantley's No-Cry Sleep Solution is what you're after.
My bub is 10 months now. We co-sleep. She sleeps better as I'm a more confident mother (Thanks to Pinky) and have adapted some techniques when I saw my baby's signs that she's ready (Thanks to Elizabeth).
I would recommened this book for every mum who is breastfeeding. Most of the books with solutions for sleeping issues are writen based on the charts, which have been made when bottlefeeding was number one. I am breastfeeding my girl and I have been advised that she is using me as a dummy and I should not let her do that and I should let her cry in her cot because she is old enough to sleep through night. After reading this book I feel good about my decisions which I have made regardless what others have said. I am co-sleeping with my daughter and I am feeding her whenever she wants. When she is upset I will put her to my breast she will suck on it few times and go happily back to sleep which means I can sleep as well. I love spending time with my daughter and I want to be there for her when she needs me not just when it suits me. So thank you Pinky McKay for making me feel normal again.
Pinky gives us permission to be kind. Kind to ourselves and the tiny miracle/s who have come into our lives. If you're doubting yourself as a new parent or finding that your following advice that stresses you out and feels wrong, then this is the book for you. Personally, I don't necessarily agree with all of Pinky's suggestions, but that's the beauty of this book, there is a variety of suggestions not linked to guilting you into utilising a specific method. If you're unsure, as it's on the expensive side, download the sample first. If it doesn't resonate with you, then just don't buy it. But I'm glad I did.
A gentle guide to supporting your child with sleep. I found this book to be both encouraging and reassuring to trust my instincts as a parent and not get caught up in creating rigid sleep routines for my baby. Lots of great tips and information on a range of things, not just sleep related. A worthwhile read in those first couple of weeks as a nee parent.
This book saved me and my husband. It helps you truly understand you baby and think about things from the baby's perspective. It helped us to stop freaking out about every little thing when it can to our baby's sleep and just trust ourselves and our baby and nature.
This was the most positive and reassuring book I have read, I am now hooked on Pinky McKay and her "trust your intuition" advice. I wish I read this book earlier (my daughter was 5 months when I read this), I would have enjoyed motherhood more and not been so strict on myself on how baby's "should" sleep as advised by may others.
I had read so much information on how I was supposed to do things as a mother. So much of it seemed counterintuitive and it made me so stressed. Reading this book was like someone giving me permission to do what felt loving and natural. I wish I'd read it earlier. I would recommend Pinky McKay to all new parents.