The Sleep Lady®’s Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy

By | October 8, 2016
The Sleep Lady®’s Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy

Kim West, LCSW-C, known to her clients as The Sleep Lady®, has developed an alternative and effective approach to helping children learn to gently put themselves to sleep without letting them “cry it out”—an option that is not comfortable for many parents.

Essential reading for any tired parent, or any expectant parent who wants to avoid the pitfalls of sleeplessness, Good Night, Sleep Tight offers a practical, easy-to-follow remedy that will work for all families in need of nights of peaceful slumber!

New material and updates include:

• New research on pacifiers and SIDS, the impact of sleep deprivation on postpartum depression
• Additional guidance on feeding your baby and toddler and how feeding relates to sleep
• What you can do to improve your baby’s sleep habits before 6 months
• New information on breastfeeding
• Preparing a sibling for the birth of a baby
• Creating a secure attachment with your baby while instilling healthy sleep habits for the family
• How to read your baby’s cries

  • Effective approach to helping children learn to gently put themselves to sleep
  • Essential reading for any tired parent, or any expectant parent .
  • What you can do to improve your baby’s sleep habits before 6 months.
  • New information on breastfeeding & preparing a sibling for the birth of a baby.
  • How to read your baby’s cries.

3 thoughts on “The Sleep Lady®’s Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy

  1. Laura G
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This book saved me, May 31, 2015
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    Laura G (Colorado Springs, CO) –

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    This book saved me, my marriage, and my relationships with my children. My 8 month old wouldn’t sleep and continued to get worse and worse. It got to the point where he would sleep 45 minutes and then wake up. It would then take me an hour and a half of nursing and rocking to get him back to sleep for another 45 minutes. I thought I was going to lose my mind. I had always been very against CIO and cringed when people suggested that I needed to “sleep train” him, but I was a desperate zombie. I tried the No Cry Sleep Solution and it just didn’t work. In my sleep deprived state I just couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to do and I gave up on it pretty quickly. I finally gave in and decided that something needed to be done. So I read the book, explained the method to my husband, and we gave it a go. It worked!! and being able to sit by the crib and touch and soothe my baby alleviated the guilt I felt about letting him cry. (He did cry for about an hour and a half that first time, but since I was there to comfort him, it never got so bad that I felt like I needed to pick him up). On the first night I already saw big improvements with my baby only waking every 2 hours (instead of after only 45 minutes). On night two I decided it was hubby’s turn to sit by the crib. I thought it would be good for him to experience what I had been going through with baby waking every couple hours, but to our surprise baby slept an entire 5 hour stretch that night! A miracle! Things just continued to improve from there. I think we only ended up using the Sleep Lady Shuffle for about 5-6 nights before we were able to just put him in his bed and leave the room. He would fuss for 5 minutes and then fall asleep. In less than two weeks he was sleeping through the night. I couldn’t believe it. I only wished we would have done it earlier. Now my “baby” is two and a half and is a better sleeper than my 5 year old, who never got any kind of sleep training. I recommend this book to anyone having difficulties getting their baby to sleep and I plan on using the methods in this book much earlier with baby #3!
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  2. Andrew S.
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not Working For Us, April 11, 2016
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    This book has been frustrating. There is no guidance as to what to do when your baby won’t stop screaming, even as you stand there and shush/soothe, etc. I can’t get anywhere with the plan because he never calms when he’s in his crib, no matter what I do. So the whole inching slowly out of his room as he gets used to sleeping on his own is a total joke because we can’t even get step one going. I appreciated some of the info about sleep in general in the book. And I appreciate that this book has an actual plan in it, aside from just suggestions. It just has not worked for us, not at this point at least.
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  3. Alegra Loewenstein, Health Coach
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great advice for newborns and older babies; however I wouldn’t recommend her approach for the in between months (approx 3-6), July 20, 2014
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    Alegra Loewenstein, Health Coach (San Diego, CA USA) –

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    Good Night Sleep Tight contains a great method, and each step is laid out very clearly. Her advice for newborns is excellent. Basically, she says try once in every 24 hours to put them to bed drowsy but awake. That is totally reasonable for a newborn!

    The only section that I really don’t recommend is her advice for in between newborn and then bigger babies. So basically, approximately ages 3-6 months she lumps in with her older baby approach, and for me they just seem still too young. And yet they need more than what she lays out for the newborn months. However, the rest of the book I can really recommend.

    However after 6 months I would not call it gentle. It is actually very firm, while still being compassionate. It is the firmness that makes it work. The overall method for each age range (6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, etc.) is basically the same. The other information in the chapter differs, with some of the specifics altered to make them age appropriate.

    She calls her approach the “sleep lady shuffle,” but it is more generally called “camping out” or “graduated extinction.” Basically, you put them to sleep in a crib, stay right next to the crib 3 nights, then halfway across the room 3 nights, then all the way across the room 3 nights, then in the doorway 3 nights, then in the hallway 3 nights, then you leave them and check every 5 minutes. This method does take a high commitment from the parents to not “give in” and take the child out of the crib and go back to whatever sleep crutch was used before. She recommend sitting in a chair, but I literally camped out by using a camping mattress so I could lay down during night waking episodes; this made it much more realistic for me to stick with it, especially since our son had very frequent night wakings and was a very persistent crier. I felt okay about it because I was right there, but by laying down I knew I could just rest my body and not have to “do” something by picking him up, rocking, nursing, etc.. This method very well may require adaptation to your home arrangement; our rooms are very small, so we omitted the “halfway across the room” step. We also added a sheet over the door at the end and eventually shut the door and talked to him through the door.

    Overall, this is my most highly recommended sleep book. The method is firm, so it works successfully. However because it is compassionate and the child can see you are still there while you slowly “wean” your child of your involvement, it sends a more loving message than extinction – even if that message is only for my benefit, I was glad to have it!

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