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Publisher's Summary

The perennial favorite for parents who want to get their kids to sleep with ease - now in a completely revised and expanded fourth edition!

In this fully updated fourth edition, Dr. Marc Weissbluth, one of the country's leading pediatricians, overhauls his groundbreaking approach to solving and preventing your children's sleep problems, from infancy through adolescence. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, he explains with authority and reassurance his step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child's natural sleep cycles. Rewritten and reorganized to deliver information even more efficiently, this valuable sourcebook contains the latest research on:

  • The best course of action for sleep problems: prevention and treatment
  • Common mistakes parents make trying to get their children to sleep
  • Different sleep needs for different temperaments
  • Stopping the crybaby syndrome, nightmares, bed-wetting, and more
  • Ways to get your baby to fall asleep according to her internal clock - naturally
  • Handling nap-resistant kids and when to start sleep training
  • Why both night sleep and day sleep are important
  • Obstacles for working moms and children with sleep issues
  • The father's role in comforting children
  • How early sleep troubles can lead to later problems
  • The benefits and drawbacks of allowing kids to sleep in the family bed

Rest is vital to your child's health, growth, and development. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child outlines proven strategies that ensure good, healthy sleep for every age.

©1987, 1999, 2003, 2015 Marc Weissbluth, Trustee, Marc Weissbluth Revocable Trust (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"I put these principles into practice - with instant results. Dr. Weissbluth is a trusted resource and adviser." (Cindy Crawford)

What listeners say about Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, 4th Edition

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So hard to follow chapters and charts

This book is useful however not a good audible download. You can’t follow the chapters as there are no titles and it doesn’t correspond to the audio. Secondly the reader refers to tables below or on the next page which the listener has no access to. It’s really not useful.

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cry it out plus some sleep hygeine

I stopped listening when he got to extinction. not for me. this was rec by a friend but not my style. also the advice is overly simplistic

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The Sleep Bible!!

This is my favourite book of all time. My son used to wake up every 20 minutes all night long when he was a baby and this book helped us correct this very efficiently. It was a real game changer! I’ve since bought many copies for friends who are becoming new parents who all have had a ton of success due to his advice. I’m now rereading the book for the arrival of our second baby and reminded how absolutely genius he is. If you are going to read only one book before your child comes this one is it! It should be require material for every parent!!

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My baby is sleeping

This book definitely gave me some really helpful tips on how to get my baby to sleep through the night. We've successfully being sleeping through the night for the past month. #audible1

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Great. Read it before baby is here for an easier time but it's never to late.

This book is the most evidence based book for infant sleep. So helpful. It's not just 'letting them cry it out'. So much information and options. Difficult to read when you are sleep deprived because it's fairly boring and hearing charts read aloud is sometimes harder than visualizing them. But all in all it works.

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  • Nahla
  • 2016-12-20

Very Happy

As a new mother of Twins, I found this book extremely helpful. I strongly disagree with reviewers who say his tone is condescending or judgmental, as I personally found him very tolerant of all parenting choices while still providing the facts that disprove them. I also don't see how people say he doesn't give options other than crying it out as he has offered a range of other options, though not in as much detail. My problem with this book is actually not the content as much as the organization and redundancy. A lot of the information is repeated throughout the book that you can easily find yourself wondering if you are relistening to a part that you have already finished. Funnily enough, this repetition is not utilized when most needed in age-specific chapters. Moreover, and this is not the author's problem but rather audible's format, you can't tell where to find the information you need because there's no chapter titles or subtitles, and the book chapters are further divided into two chapters in audio form. Tip for people who are in a hurry, listen to chapters 4, 7, and your baby's age specific chapter.

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  • Katie Fillnow
  • 2017-09-21

It worked for my baby!

This is a comprehensive sleep book, I was reluctant to sleep train my baby, who at 6 months slept in my arms. I listened to the entire book, applied the techniques and now my baby sleeps 12 hours in his crib. We are still working on good naps.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-28

My take-aways

1. Although at the very beginning author claims he does not represent cry it out method, he does. An since leaving my baby to cry means leaving her hysterically screaming, my motherly instincts do not allow me to do that.
2. I did like the explanation of sleep rythms and scientific part of it, however I did not get much practical advice or action plan for my situation. If a baby is a good sleeper or easy going, it is probably easier to apply his methods, but if a baby a)is hard to get to sleep, b)sleeps poorly, c)does not sleep in her crib or alone, then an advice “maintain regular sleep schedule” or “do early bedtime” etc is not big of a help.
3. After listening to this book, I have realised how vitaly important is a good quality sleep however now I feel even more desparate, because I cannot get my baby to sleep according to these guidelines and therefor harming the baby. So, overall book was not much help.

Also, most of the information is being repeated over and over again.

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  • Kerry Hormann
  • 2021-04-08

DO NOT BUY THIS!!!

So little information, SO MUCH REPETITION!!!

The print version is UNREADABLE and the audio version is UNLISTENABLE! Never before have I come upon a time where 90 PERCENT of what is said is just repeated! From sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, chapter to chapter — IT’S ALL THE F’ING SAME!!

Here is all you need to (or can) get from this book:
- more sleep is better
- naps are better
- sleep rhythms/cycles/schedules is better
- watch the child not the clock
- it’s better to involve both parents
- start early

Done. The rest is filler.

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  • Sarah Annette Piano
  • 2019-08-06

Cruel context and disjointed writing

This Dr arrogantly knocks off an older equally as cruel sleep training method but in a highly disorganized fashion. The book is unnecessarily long, disjointed and offers no new information nor sheds new light. I’m baffled by its popularity.

The Sleep Easy Solution is a more empathetic approach that yields the same results. Though we’re sticking with the family bed for now, a practice this Dr belittles and shames for a good 20 pages. Our baby can stay a baby for now. When he’s not, we’ll start treating him a little differently. On his own time. The question to ask yourself is “do you believe and for how long that a baby’s needs and wants are the same thing?”. I do. So this book and its pontificating bag of wind has no place in my library.

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  • Maldo
  • 2019-07-31

So much learning and improvement!!!!!

Oh God I wish I could had gotten this book earlier. Just 3 days listening to it and my baby is already sleeping so so so much better. Got it through Amazon. I was doing everything wrong with my baby sleeping habits. She is 4 1/2 months. Now I can see improvement since the first day started following steps on this book.
God Bless the author!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-06-16

Eye opening and amazingly helpful

This book is worth every penny on cost and every minute in listening/ reading. I began implementing the advise on the first day. it has taken me over a month to finish, but was enlightening and extremely helpful in more ways than I can list on this short review. I also bought the hardcopy so I can flip through and re listen as well as visually see the charts and data he refers to. yes, the book repeats a lot of facts/ statements. I actually appreciate this as such a large book can be difficult to retain sometimes. Thank you Dr. W for writing this book.

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  • AnnMarie
  • 2022-04-11

Garbage Advice

This made me believe I NEEDED to sleep train my baby, which made me an anxious wreck especially because it was clearly not going to work for us. I wish I had known before I had a baby that it’s a totally safe and healthy for babies’ development to follow your instincts- let the baby nurse to sleep, contact nap, bed share. The method in this book might be a good option for some people, but the idea that it is “scientifically” best for your baby is garbage being sold to desperate parents.

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  • Rebecca Woodward
  • 2021-05-24

So helpful

My baby sleeps so much better now. Highly suggest this for any age kid. It feels so liberating and empowering to know I'm helping my child get the sleep he needs. And he is a happier baby because of it.

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  • Barefoot16
  • 2019-03-14

This is a need to "bookmark" kind of audible!

This is a must have book for new and veteran moms and dads. I drive quite a bit for my job so reading the actual book would have taken a lot longer. I will however need to go back with the paper back or with a notebook and write some notes. I bookmarked like crazy for easier referencing.

The book had a lot of repetition with some of the statistics which as a physician I could appreciate, but only added a little bit of value to the overall theme, IMO. I did skip through some of that after I felt I had learned what I needed to.

I think it will be extremely beneficial to have heard/read this before my first child and recommend it to all new moms. I'd also recommend it to anyone else who just became a mom or families with young children.

The development of the brain is fascinating to me and I connected with the analogy of starving your child from food is the same as starving your child from sleep.

I hope this sheds some light on the challenges I will have when my baby is born. There are so many examples from Mom's who wished they had read the book sooner... I'm having my husband listen to the book as well because being on the same page, and more importantly him knowing Why I'm doing something, will help the cohesiveness of our family and help raise a bright well rested little girl.