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    Ok I am new to this whole baby game and have an open mind about sleep techniques. I was hoping that people might be able to share with me any suggestions on books or websites they have found useful for helping with getting their baby to sleep. I am pregnant ATM but like to read up on things. I understand what works for you won't necessarily work for me but I'm curious to find out. Thanks!

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    I'll instantly get crucified for this suggestion, but i could not have coped without Tizzy Hall's book "Save Our Sleep". Most people on this forum will tell you it is child abuse to have your baby on a routine, and that you should just suffer thru no sleep and a tired grumpy bub for 5yrs, but her book really worked brilliantly for my first bub. It didnt work so well for my second, but we just adjusted things to suit him. Because of her routines, both my bubs were happily self settling off to sleep at 7pm each night, at only a few months old. They are now 5 and 2 yrs and still no night waking and wake at 7am each morning.

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    My suggestion is read a few different books/ theories and pick out the bits that suit you or you feel comfortable with. I did this and found it worked, i agreed with different parts of each theory? And all babies are different?

    I read babywise, and a few others sorry can't remember all of them. But found the book What to expect the first year very helpful. I also read what to expect when you're expecting.

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    I have 'Baby Love' by Robyn Barker. I has some basic 'routines' outlined for different ages eg: 0-2 weeks, 3 months, 6 months etc. It also outlines things such as 'controlled crying', 'unsettled periods'. I kept the book handy and looked at it many times with all 3 of my children. I found it great because it talks about different stages and phases that a bub can go through as they work out day/ night and as they start to have more 'awake time'. The best thing I learnt is not to overstimulate a baby during awake periods and to keep the same sleep time habits to build up consistency and routine that way. It is a good overall book with lots of pearls of wisdom. All the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Crow View Post
    I'll instantly get crucified for this suggestion, but i could not have coped without Tizzy Hall's book "Save Our Sleep". Most people on this forum will tell you it is child abuse to have your baby on a routine, and that you should just suffer thru no sleep and a tired grumpy bub for 5yrs, but her book really worked brilliantly for my first bub. It didnt work so well for my second, but we just adjusted things to suit him. Because of her routines, both my bubs were happily self settling off to sleep at 7pm each night, at only a few months old. They are now 5 and 2 yrs and still no night waking and wake at 7am each morning.
    It certainly is rather controversial isn't it! I too am one of those parents that use it. I did get very stressed out in the early days as ds didnt fit the routines but as he got older they are almost spot on.

    Had to go back to it again a week ago as ds apparently got used to being cuddled to sleep when sick a couple months ago and bedtime was hell not to mention the 6 plus wakes up a night (ds is 10 months). After only 3 nights he was back to no fuss at bed time and only waking twice a night, sometimes once.

    I am so glad we did it because he is not constantly overtired and so much happier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnab739 View Post
    I am so glad we did it because he is not constantly overtired and so much happier.
    Thats the part i dont understand when people say how "cruel" it is to use the SOS method! When i get lazy and slip into attachment parenting style habits of no routine and bringing baby into our bed, the kids are tired and miserable! I put in a few days of effort and put them back on routine, and they are happy and well-rested!

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    Like PP's suggestion I would find some second hand books (eBay or baby market) , read them all and either see which one you are drawn to or take bits from each one.

    I used SOS with my bub and he is a great little sleeper. The only time I really ever had any problems (not often) was when I lost concentration and wasn't following some aspects of the book properly.

    That being said I did read baby love and all those other books and they did help me too to a certain extent. You don't know what type of baby you will have so you might as well read a variety of books!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Crow View Post
    I'll instantly get crucified for this suggestion, but i could not have coped without Tizzy Hall's book "Save Our Sleep". Most people on this forum will tell you it is child abuse to have your baby on a routine, and that you should just suffer thru no sleep and a tired grumpy bub for 5yrs, but her book really worked brilliantly for my first bub. It didnt work so well for my second, but we just adjusted things to suit him. Because of her routines, both my bubs were happily self settling off to sleep at 7pm each night, at only a few months old. They are now 5 and 2 yrs and still no night waking and wake at 7am each morning.
    Finally other mums that have used SOS!!! It was the only thing that got me through when I could not get DD to sleep at all!!! I was a mess and after a couple of weeks she was a whole new baby. I have and do recommend it to all my new mummy friends and intend to try again with this bub if I have issues

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    Another SOS mum here. I used it from about 8-14 weeks then we started moving around and DD was in our bed, finally got settled at 7 months and she has been on it since the first night we moved in and has slept perfectly! It took 3-4 nights where you need a lot of persistence and support but it works and I'm due for bub #2 in November and plan on using it then too. I didnt follow the book religiously, we have days we are more relaxed and if we're out shopping she doesn't sleep till we get home coz she's such a busy body, but she'll go to sleep no matter where we are staying and without a problem.

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    Pinky McKay has some good books.

    No Cry Sleep Solution is also good.

    I have got a lot of support on sleep and other issues from my local ABA group. They also have a library of books on all sorts of topics.

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