Book Review: The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program

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Second child, I thought, we'll have this whole sleep issue wrapped up in no time! Ha! Of course, the baby had the last laugh. 5 months into it we had seen glimmers of sleep, the odd 8-to-11 hour straight shift. We'd gotten our hopes up. This is it, we'd think, our baby sleeps through the night! But it was all just a cruel tease.

Seriously, by now, I'm the one who should have her PHD in children's sleep. I have read them all and everything works up to a point. Happiest Baby on the Block got us through the first 2 months. The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer got us through months 3 and 4. But at 5 months we were stuck for a solution. The Weissbluth and the Ferber, though they work, seemed too harsh for Lucy's age. What to do?

So when I read about The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program by Dr. Polly Moore, I couldn't resist. Dr. Moore was a sleep researcher who got pregnant and thought, "No problem, I'm an expert at sleep." Then her babies showed her who's boss. Her nursery became her sleep lab and she noticed something that wasn't talked about. 90-minute sleep/alertness cycles.

This immediately made sense to me. Lucy was taking 45-minute naps (half of 90!) and waking up crying. Dr. Moore's book taught me that she was crying because she didn't want to be awake just yet, and we were rushing to her too soon. Sure enough, after a month of staying home and committing to working on Dr. Moore's amazing N.A.P.S. techniques, Lucy is napping longer and sleeping through the night. There was a bit of CIO, but more fussing than crying. I can live with that.

The best part of this book is that it's short. You can read it quickly (during nap time perhaps?) and it's not full of overwhelming sleep science jargon. Moore even acknowledges that children are different and provides three different sample babies to show various sleep and nap schedules, and how they might change as they grow. She even mentions The Baby Whisperer, so if you've been using Tracey Hogg's techniques this book is icing on the cake.

Simply put, it's awesome. Parents-to-be and new parents (even if this is your third child) should run out and get their hands on this great resource now.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.