With over 450 pages, this is by far one of the most comprehensive guides on sleep for children I’ve come across to date. It is organized by both sleep issue and child’s age, making it easy to find a specific topic or all topics for a specific age category. There are two things that really stood out to me about this book.
The first is that the author, Dr. Marc Weissbluth, is not only an experienced pediatrician, but also a father and a leading sleep expert. His explanations of how sleep works, the importance of sleep, and the effects of poor sleep helped clarify his reasons for recommending the sleep solutions he does.
The second thing that stood out is that the book is written with the understanding that all families are different and no one solution will work for everyone. Dr. Weissbluth describes various ways of handling different circumstances and then offers his recommendation instead of only presenting the method he believes is best. I believe that the more educated a person is about a subject, the better decision they will be able to make. Comparing everything side by side helped our family select what works best for us.
Personally, I have chosen to follow the methods the doctor suggests in Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. So far, we have been seeing an improvement in our son’s sleep. Both the quality and the quantity of his sleep has improved and I expect it to continue to do so, meaning our sleep improves, too — a definite plus!
I would definitely recommend this book to all parents, from those expecting their first to those struggling with sleep issues with their last. It is chock full of wonderful advice and information, supported by numerous credible and varied sources.