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The Gentle Sleep Book - Sarah Ockwell-Smith

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"Great advice"

I found this book really useful. It is full of great tips that are helping me understand how little ones sleep and how that changes as they get older! It is very well presented and written in short sections, which makes it easier to read -as reading books with a newborn is quite an achievement- especially because you're probably sleep deprived by the time you think about reading sleep training books (as I was). It is really easy to use, with the first few chapters explaining how sleep works and how different sleep trainig methods work and the impact they have short and long term. The second half of the book is divided into different sections according to the age of your baby, giving you practical tips that are appropriate for that particular stage, and I found this section really useful. The controlled crying method was too much and I couldn't have done it with my little one, and I read about other methods that didn't quite convince me... This gente approach probably takes longer than the previous ones (the author suggests a month in order to evaluate results) but it is "gentle", a slow process for both baby and parents that actually benefits both. As a mum, I feel it is important to know that baby is ok and happy, and that I can help him achieve this without either of us getting upset. I am now so much more aware of real expectations in terms of bedtime and routines! It was definitely a good choice and good value for money, as you get a better night's sleep as a reward, a happier baby at bedtime and reassurance that you're doing a good job. I would definitely recommend this book!

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"Great advice"

I found this book really useful. It is full of great tips that are helping me understand how little ones sleep and how that changes as they get older! It is very well presented and written in short sections, which makes it easier to read -as reading books with a newborn is quite an achievement- especially because you're probably sleep deprived by the time you think about reading sleep training books (as I was). It is really easy to use, with the first few chapters explaining how sleep works and how different sleep training methods work and the impact they have short and long term. The second half of the book is divided into different sections according to the age of your baby, giving you practical tips that are appropriate for that particular stage, and I found this section really useful. The controlled crying method was too much and I couldn't have done it with my little one, and I read about other methods that didn't quite convince me... This gentle approach probably takes longer than the previous ones (the author suggests a month in order to evaluate results) but it is "gentle", a slow process for both baby and parents that actually benefits both. As a mum, I feel it is important to know that baby is ok and happy, and that I can help him achieve this without either of us getting upset. I am now so much more aware of real expectations in terms of bedtime and routines! It was definitely a good choice and good value for money, as you get a better night's sleep as a reward, a happier baby at bedtime and reassurance that you're doing a good job. I would definitely recommend this book!

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"Simply perfect!!!"

I adore this book. I swear it was written for me in mind. After almost 6 months of sleep deprivation and hating the idea of using modern sleep-training techniques I found this book the most helpful, easy to read, reassuring book in relation to sleep. I love the way it just doesn't bombard you with solutions but also talks you through the why's and how's and gives you an explanation by looking at the physiology of sleep and its history. I found it very engrossing and it all actually made sense. After reading the first three chapters I didn't believe anymore that there was something wrong with my child and that sleep is just part of life and growing up. To be fair i did jump to the sections that were specific to my son's age (6 months) but this is a book that will see you all the way until your child is 5 years old, so its going to be helpful to me for years to come. I found the BEDTIME acronym a great alternative to 'controlled crying and pick up/ put down' techniques. I had already adopted co-sharing and so I knew that I was going to like the other 6 techniques. I didn't need to adopt all of them as screen time is not yet an issue for my son but that doesn't mean to say I wont be using it in the future. On balance I give this book 5/5. It was very well written with nice short chapters and it didn't phase you with jargon or make you feel like you have failed as a parent. Well done Sarah, i'm happy to say that my son now only wakes once in the night for a feed compared to the 6-10 times he was a month ago.

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"a good book but..."

As a mother of a 9 month old it is difficult to find time to sit and read something. If the baby is sleeping I'm normally washing bottles or clothes or making dinners. I'm also now back at work so time is also now spent getting the things ready to go to child minders. I admit that I did not finish this book. I could not find the time. Also I am someone that if I seek advice regarding something, I'm looking for an answer and then maybe the explanation but this book does not follow this format. All on all this didn't work for me as I simply did not have the time to give it the attention it required.

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"False promises sadly...."

This book is well-written and structured well. However, I was left feeling a bit disappointed as I didn't feel it really offered much in the way of novel practical advice. Instead, it seemed to be much more geared towards providing reassurance that sleep problems are to be expected and normal. This is important information and I did actually find it surprisingly reassuring, however, it just wasn't what I was expecting. I did find some useful tips from the book- for example, information on the use of transitional objects, etc. However, I was after a more structured 'strategy' for solving my son's current sleep issues and sadly this did not provide it....

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"Not for me"

Unfortunately, I really struggled to get into this book, it's not something I would generally choose to buy myself and as a single mum that works full time, I find it easier to take in information in short snippets. The start of this book was quite full of information, some of which I do not agree with and found it hard to continue reading at those points. Once I made it to the stages, I had expected quite a chunk of information to help, but felt that they were actually quite brief. I would have preferred less information to start with and more in the stages. I have only taken a couple of pointers from what I've read. One of which is to have my little one sleeping in my bed with me. So far I'm actually getting less sleep than I did before, but I feel that our bond as mother and daughter has really grown, so for that reason I will persevere with it. I think that this book would be great for someone that has time to read it slowly (maybe before the baby arrives) to take in all the information and maybe even write notes, but for someone that is super short on time, it was just too much at the start.

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