This book was recommended to me by Dr. Ben at Preston's one-month well visit. At that time my sweet babe had his days and nights mixed up and sleep-wise nothing was consistent. True to Kate nature, I bought the book on Amazon as soon as I got home.
I've been reading the book and applying many of its practices since I put Preston in his crib five weeks ago. The book walks you through baby's sleep patterns with reference to their age – it's kind of like the "What to Expect When You are Expecting" of sleep books.
The beauty of this book is it leaves no stone unturned. It literally teaches you, in an easy-to-read fashion, how to read your baby's body language. These signals will alert you to when it's time for naps and when it's time for bed.
Weissbluth believes that children's sleep patterns are developed between the ages of four to six months. His theory is that babies need to be taught to self-soothe and taught to fall asleep unaided before the four month mark hits.
So in the past five weeks Preston and I have learned a lot about napping and sleeping. And today we hit the mother load of accomplishments. Last night, Preston took his bottle at 6:00, fell asleep, and didn't wake up until 7:30 this morning! He slept nearly 12 hours and didn't even wake for a bottle. And to top it all off, he took his first crib nap today completely unaided. I followed his sleepy cues, put him in his crib, he fussed for 5 minutes, then conked out.
I'm beside myself. If Weissbluth was here himself, I'd give him a big ol' tongue kiss and an ass slap.
Well done chap, well done.