I recently told you how wonderful The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years is, and I still believe that book helped me get my daughter sleeping through the night (9-4) by 3 months. However, I recently had a few sleep disruptions (an allergic reaction, ear infection, cold, and possible teething) as well as a new habit of crying when the pacifier falls out that had me searching for more tips on how to get my baby to sleep better. After some searching online, I discovered The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Elizabeth Pantley. The term “no-cry” caught my attention.
I could tell you that I love the book because it offers excellent tips that improved my daughter’s sleep (and it did), but I actually loved the book for other reasons. Here is why:
1) Pantley taught me it is okay to occasionally give up on the plan. There will be some days and nights when you are so tired you give in and do whatever is necessary to get some sleep. Let the baby fall asleep nursing. Rock her until she is sound asleep. Go for a car ride just so she will take a nap or let her sleep in the swing. I can start of the mission of teaching her to self sooth and sleep without nursing, rocking, etc. tomorrow. Right now, I just need sleep.
2) I’m not crazy for hating the sound of crying. My mother instincts kick in every time I hear my daughter cry, and it is impossible to sit back and listen to her cry without trying to sooth her. I’m glad to know I am not the only mom who doesn’t want to let my baby “cry it out” and that I’m not preventing my child from ever sleeping through the night by not doing so.
3) Co-sleeping isn’t a dirty word. I know co-sleeping is controversial, but it is great to know that other moms let their babies sleep with them and enjoy every minute of it.
4) It is only a sleep problem if it is bothering you. Pantley points out how society often makes us think that our babies need to sleep through the night at an early age, but it is okay to enjoy this stage of their lives without trying to sleep train them. One day, they will sleep through the night and we will miss waking up to feed and cuddle them in the middle of the night. One day, they will sleep in their own beds, and we will miss snuggling up next to our precious babies and sharing the bond only a mother and child can understand. While I would love a few extra hours of sleep, I am in no rush to have my baby grow up. Time already passes fast enough. I’m going to enjoy these moments, even if it means I need an afternoon nap and extra cup of coffee.
I’d love to know, has The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night worked for you?