In desperation, I slowly but surely amassed all the books I could stomach on this topic. And I am happy to report that Baby Ollie went from sleeping thirty minute stretches at night to 5 hours (six weeks old) and 8 hours (two months) and 12 hours (three months). I attribute it all to the “sleep training” we did and establishing the healthy habits culled from these books. I say “sleep training” in quotes because we trained him by instilling good habits and schedules without resorting to the Cry It Out method that is so commonly referred to as sleep training. When we met with the doula, my first comment to her was that my highest priority is ensuring that we do not create bad habits that we’d later have to break.
Let’s not sugar coat it. Weissbluth is a genius. Far and away my most referenced sleep book. It’s not the shortest read, but I loved the sheer amount of useful information here. Did you know babies should only be awake for two hours max (from the time they wake to the time they are asleep again)? I didn’t. That alone made a world of difference. And that was only the tip of the iceberg. Have a colicky baby? There’s an entire section on that too.
This one is a great book if you’re interested in putting your baby on a schedule. I personally had a really hard time finding sample schedules online that I could emulate. It was never detailed enough. Baby Wise is essentially a play-by-play giving you sample times and duration that you can use for feeding and sleeping schedules.
This is a good book with easy to follow protocol of the 5 S’s. However, I found that swaddling, one of the S’s, so touted everywhere, did not work for my baby or most of the babies I know. A good beginner read though.
This book is a much more detailed sleep guide. There is one section in this book that I liked the best that referenced a study done about how if you rock/cuddle with the baby after he wakes up instead of immediately feeding him, it’ll help them sleep through the night faster because they don’t associate waking with feeding. Wise words my friend.
Another short easy read. Perfect for the sleep deprived parent looking for a way out. Sometimes, even if you disagree with the strategy (no cry sleep solution), there are still useful tidbits throughout the book.
Again, another short easy read. In fact, if you make sure you never EVER put your baby down to sleep when they’re already asleep, you can skip reading this book altogether. Sleepy but awake. Always put them down that way and you’re fine.
Making home-made baby food, just like breastfeeding, was one of those things I took as a given when I thought of parenting.
I have both books extensively bookmarked, referencing Baby & Toddler more in the beginning and Top 100 recently as Top 100’s recipes are more complex and includes ingredients like cheese and milk that you don’t find in the Baby & Toddler book.