A refreshingly straightforward method for training infants to become great sleepers for life, inspired by clinical psychologist Janet Kennedy's popular psychotherapy practice, NYC Sleep Doctor
Cry it out or co-sleep? Bassinet or swing? White noise machine or Bach? How many hours anyway? For something so important, there's too much conflicting information about how best to get your baby to sleep through the night and nap successfully during the day. This book is a straightforward, no-nonsense answer to one of the biggest challenges new parents face when they welcome a brand new baby home. This book is written for exhausted parents, giving them immediate access to the information they need. Reassuring and easy to understand, Dr. Kennedy addresses head-on the fears and misinformation about the long-term effects of crying and takes a bold stand on controversial issues such as co-sleeping and attachment parenting. With polarizing figures and techniques dominating the marketplace—and spawning misinformation across the internet—Dr. Kennedy's methods and practices create an extensively researched and parent-tested approach to sleep training that takes both babies' and parents' needs into account to deliver good nights and days of sleep, and no small dose of peace of mind.
The Good Sleeper is a practical, empowering—and even entertaining—guide to help parents understand infant sleep. This research-based book will teach parents the basics of sleep science, determine how and when to intervene, and provide tools to solve even the most seemingly impossible sleep problems.
Psychologist Kennedy was an expert on adult insomnia when she had her first child. Aware that she would not be able to function without a reasonable amount of sleep, she developed a method of getting her own children to sleep as well. She shares that method, discussing sleeping locations, colic, and bedtime routine. Kennedy warns parents against allowing their offspring to become overtired, because once this has happened it's hard for children to recover and get the "tons of sleep... they need." She also addresses special circumstances like siblings sharing rooms and jet lag. Proposing "authoritative parenting" (rather than attachment parenting), Kennedy is making an argument about more than infant rest. She believes that children need to learn to cope with "normal discomforts like boredom" without parental coddling; otherwise, they won't turn into well-adjusted adults. This approach is sure to draw strong reactions from the mommy-blogosphere, whether it's ire from moms who like to sleep in the same bed as baby, or praise from exhausted parents who will no doubt be eager to try Kennedy's program.