Review of The Sleepeasy Solution
For many weeks we have been reviewing infant sleep training books. Just type the word "sleep" to search our blog for previous reviews by Dr. Harvey Karp, Dr. Richard Ferber, Elizabeth Pantley, William Sears, Gary Ezzo, Gina Ford, and Kim West.
The next book in the series is The Sleepeasy Solution: The Exhausted Parent's Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep from Birth to Age 5 by Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack.
Jennifer Waldburger, LCSW, is a trained psychotherapist and partner of Sleepy Planet, the preeminent parenting/sleep company in LA. She is a former writer and editor for Town & Country, Redbook, Good Housekeeping and Harper's Bazaar.
Jill Spivack, LMSW, is a psychotherapist who worked as a pediatric sleep consultant who co-founded Sleepy Planet, Inc., in 1999. The two offer private sleep consultations for celebrity clients and others, standing-room only workshops and regular keynotes at Baby Expos with audiences of over 300. They have appeared on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, Inside Edition (feature piece) as well as in The Wall Street Journal and Fit Pregnancy.
The key to their method is addressing the emotional needs of both the parent and child because not addressing the parents needs as well, most sleep methods fail. The techniques are based on well established behavioral principles, are results oriented. Rather than being a strict "cry it out" method they try to emphasize teaching a child how to "soothe itself method" with occasional crying.
Breastfeeding is addressed because breastfeeding parents have a harder time keeping their babies asleep during the night. They recommend giving the child an item that they are to associate with the parents in their bed. How to help a child who gets hungry, thirsty, or scared at night. How to wean a child that is over 15-pounds and older than five-months old, from having milk before bedtime. They describe how to make the child’s room desirable for sleep, to read books, change clothes, and dim the lights before bedtime. Subjects such as family-beds, post-partum depression, and teething are also addressed.
The authors are open-minded in their writing when addressing the different parental styles. This book is easy to read, compassionate, and they claim within five days you will see major results.
Have you used this book successfully? Do you prefer a gentle or strict infant sleep method?