Books on Sleep Issues for Adoptive Parents
Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year by Scott W. Cohen, M.D. – Written by a pediatrician and new father, Eat, Sleep, Poop is a refreshingly engaging and informative guide that includes everything parents need to know at each age and stage of your child’s first year. Drawing on the latest medical recommendations and his experiences at home and in the office, Dr. Cohen covers those three basic functions that will come to dominate a new parent’s life. Eat, Sleep, Poop addresses questions, strategies, myths, and all aspects of child development, with an emphasis is on doing what is both medically sound and what works best for you and your baby. You can listen to an interview with Dr. Cohen on the Creating a Family Radio Show/Podcast.
Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber, M.D. – Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems provides important basic information that all parents should know regarding the nature of sleep and the development of normal sleep and body rhythms throughout childhood. He discusses the causes of most sleep problems from birth to adolescence and recommends an variety of proven solutions for each, allowing parents to choose the strategy that works best for them and their children. Parents either love or hate Ferber’s approach, but it is often misrepresented as simply a “let them cry it out” approach, which it is not.
The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years by Harvey Karp, MD – Dr. Karp, bestselling author of the wildly popular The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block, returns to discuss one of the biggest challenges facing new parents: sleep, or lack thereof. This book offers invaluable tips on how to help your newborn, infant, or toddler get the rest they need, while debunking some of the most widely held myths about babies and sleep. You can listen to an interview with Dr. Karp on the Creating a Family Radio Show/Podcast.
Sleepless in America: Practical Strategies to Help Your Family Get the Sleep It Deserves by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D – An estimated 69 percent of American infants, children, and teens are sleep deprived. Sleepless in America offers tired and frustrated parents a helping hand and a new approach to managing challenging behaviors by integrating research on stress, sleep, and temperament with practical strategies and a five-step approach that enables parents to help their “tired and wired” children get the sleep they so desperately need. What I like about Kurcinka’s books, including this one, is that they are practical and seem to honor well the balance between what is best for the child and what is best for parents. You can listen to an interview with Kurcinka on the Creating a Family Radio Show/Podcast.
The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Child’s Sleep by Elizabeth Pantley – Getting babies to sleep through the night is one thing; getting willful toddlers and energetic preschoolers to sleep is another problem altogether. Written to help sleep-deprived parents of children ages one to five, The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers offers loving solutions to help this active age-group get the rest they–and their parents–so desperately need. The book is a wellspring of positive approaches to help their children get to bed, stay in bed, and sleep all night, without having to resort to punishments or other negative and ineffective measures. It includes a section specially about sleep issues in adopted kids. You can listen to an interview with Elizabeth Pantley on the Creating a Family Radio Show/Podcast.
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth, M.D. – A straightforward approach to solving and preventing your children’s sleep problems from infancy through adolescence. In Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, Weissbluth lays out a step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child’s natural sleep cycles. A valuable sourcebook, it contains the latest research on common mistakes parents make trying to get their children to sleep, handling nap-resistant kids and when to start sleep-training, how early sleep troubles can lead to later problems and more.
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