I loved Elizabeth Pantley's first book so I was eager to get my hands on her second book - The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers.
The issue of sleep is one of the best kept secrets of parenthood. Pre-baby, I certainly knew that those first few months would be difficult as the baby adjusted to life outside of the womb. After all, the newborn stage is notorious for that.
But after about 6 months, mum appears to be the word when it comes to sleep because I had no idea that sleepless or partially sleepless nights often continue long after infancy. In fact, Pantley tells it like it is about midway through her book, "I'd like to set the record straight on that television scene we know so well: parent tucks blanket around child, kisses child's forehead and says good night, shuts off the light, and leaves the room. Child smiles, closes eyes, and goes to sleep. You know, that scene? Pure fantasy. Unrealistic, inconceivable, la-la land. It just ain't gonna happen in real life."
She goes on to say that, "it is perfectly natural, absolutely normal, and totally expected for your toddler or preschooler to wake up in the night and need your help to fall back asleep" and gives statistics to back up that statement.
From there, Pantley offers countless solutions and ideas to help families deal with everything from monsters to bad dreams to moving from a family bed to independent sleep to dealing with an all-night nursling. Her books offers sound advice that is gentle and research-driven.
In sum, if you're looking for some helpful ideas to help your toddler or preschooler sleep longer or more peacefully at nap time or bedtime, this book is the ideal pick. I highly recommend it.
WIN IT! One winner will receive a signed copy of The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Elizabeth Pantley. To enter, simply leave a comment and your e-mail address on this post prior to Wednesday, Jan. 23, at midnight. The winner will be announced and contacted on Thursday, Jan. 24. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
* UPDATE * The winner is #107 kathy. Congratulations!