A refreshingly straightforward method for training infants to become great sleepers for life, inspired by clinical psychologist Janet Kennedy’s popular psychotherapy practice, NYC Sleep Doctor
Cry it out or co-sleep? Bassinet or swing? White noise machine or Bach? How many hours anyway? For something so important, there’s too much conflicting information about how best to get your baby to sleep through the night and nap successfully during the day. The Good Sleeper is a straightforward, no-nonsense answer to one of the biggest challenges new parents face when they welcome a brand new baby home. This book is written for exhausted parents, giving them immediate access to the information they need. Reassuring and easy to understand, Dr. Kennedy addresses head-on the fears and misinformation about the long-term effects of crying and takes a bold stand on controversial issues such as co-sleeping and attachment parenting. With polarizing figures and techniques dominating the marketplace—and spawning misinformation across the internet—Dr. Kennedy’s methods and practices create an extensively researched and parent-tested approach to sleep training that takes both babies’ and parents’ needs into account to deliver good nights and days of sleep, and no small dose of peace of mind.
The Good Sleeper is a practical, empowering—and even entertaining—guide to help parents understand infant sleep. This research-based book will teach parents the basics of sleep science, help them determine how and when to intervene, and provide tools to solve even the most seemingly impossible sleep problems.
Recommended by Pamela Druckerman, author of Bringing Up Bébé:
Listen to Dr. Kennedy discuss The Good Sleeper on iHeartRADIO.
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Here’s what readers have to say about The Good Sleeper:
“When my daughter asked (called in desperation!) me to help her research, make a plan, and be her encourager and listener in the on-going struggle to get [her baby] to sleep, I doggedly waded through a heap of “How to get your baby to sleep” materials. By this time [the baby] was almost 10 months old and the whole family was chronically sleep deprived. Your book, which I accidentally came across, was a God-send . . . which is also to say that it was no accident that I found it. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! for respecting and empowering parents; for encouraging parents; for being straight forward and yet kind; for giving my daughter and son-in-law the tools to be better parents without the usual accompaniment of guilt for being “bad parents”. Thank you for explaining baby and toddler and adult sleep in understandable terms. Thank you for writing more about children and their parents (and visa versa) than yourself. Thank you for taking the time to document and share the stories of your clients so we could find hope in our situation. According to my daughter, it took four hard days and nights for [her baby] to begin sleeping through the night. (So worth it, she says!) She figures it took about month to get his naps figured out because he was right at the transition between three naps and two. The first night that he was a “good sleeper”, I got a text that said, “I’ve never seen him this happy! . . . and he was happy before!” Thank you from the bottom of hearts.” Karen from Ohio
Finally! An accurate, well-researched, evidence-based, reassuring, effective and READABLE book about infant sleep! With my first child (sadly before the days of the Good Sleeper book), Janet guided us through the early stormy days of infanthood, the trials of sleep training, and through a stubborn nap issue. Ever since, our friends have commented on what an amazing sleeper our toddler is. It takes us 5 minutes to put him to bed, and he happily (and excitedly) takes naps and goes to bed at night. He actually waves goodbye to us and tells us to shut the door when we leave! He has a great relationship to sleep, and we’re so thankful! We were able to consult the Good Sleeper for our second baby, and all the same great advice was there, easily readable and well-explained. And it’s working just as well with #2! Buy this book for you and for every new parent you know–you’ll be giving them and their kids the gift of hours of sleep.” Maryhope R.