The No-Cry Sleep Solution

Now that is a book that I can recommend! Elizabeth Pantley’s The No-Cry Sleep Solution, Gentle Ways to Help your Baby Sleep through the Night (en français, Un sommeil paisible et sans pleurs) gives realistic tips to parents who want to help their baby sleep better. Her book applies to every situation and gives specific ideas for parents depending on wether they are breast-feeding or bottle-feeding, whether they co-sleep or put their baby to sleep in their own crib, without passing judgment on the sleeping arrangement people chose or trying to convince them to do differently. The author, a mother of four, obviously knows very well what she’s talking about. She draws from her own experience with different children as well as on research and on testimonies from other parents.

This book is very well written and fun to read. The author has a lot of humor. But most of all, I love how she writes for real people living real lives, without making you feel like you have to be perfect or else you won’t succeed and you will screw up your entire child’s life! For instance, in one chapter, she explains how you should not let your child sleep in your arms since they will make it a habit and want to sleep nowhere else. Then when you flip the page over, the author revises her tips, recognizing that having your baby sleep in your arms is one of the greatest joys of parenting and that even she wouldn’t be able to do without if she was to have another child. So she simply suggest weighing the pros and cons and trying to put your sleeping baby down some of the times, while enjoying them with all of your heart when you decide to indulge in this treat.

I found her honesty and her approach irresistible, and having just discovered that she has written several other books on parenting, I will definitely try to put my hands on them!

3 Responses to “The No-Cry Sleep Solution”

  1. Mireille Says:

    Don’t want to scare you but here’s a new’s flash : YOU ARE GOING TO SCREW UP YOUR KID AT SOME POINT! The good news is that he will some day thank you for that… Hopefully! What I mean is that being a perfect parent is as harmful to your kid than being a bad one. He will find you too protective or too serious about his health or whatever, so the trick is do your best and don’t feel guilty about your flaws. Who knows, maybe your flaws will be his strengths!!! Perfection only exists in ones head : which means there’s as many ways of being perfect than there are parents.

  2. sophie Says:

    I agree completely, that’s why I loved this book, which takes a realistic approach, a lot better than the Baby Whisperer one, which everyone here seems to love, but to me it was just too much of trying to be the perfect parent and if you don’t do exactly the right thing you’re screwed… I simplify, but the Baby Whisperer made me feel like I was a terrible mom, whereas this book made me feel like I’m doing the best I can do and it’s good enough!

  3. Danielle Says:

    Bravo! Je trouve très mauvaise cette tendance qu’ont les parents de se fier à un livre comme à une bible de l’éducation. On ne peut s’en sortir… Ici, en Alsace, c’est le défaut des parents, à mon avis. Tous parfaits! Ils ne sont plus des hommes et des femmes… ils sont des parents! Même souvent des robots… Il faut vivre, se pardonner ses erreurs afin d’aller plus loin vers ce qui nous paraît juste et bon… et c’est évolutif! A mesure que l’on vieillit, nos préoccupations envers nos enfants changent et font en sorte que nous ne sommes jamais parfaits… nous ne sommes que des parents; des humains avec des enfants que nous éduquons de notre mieux!