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The newest title in the best-sellingGreat Expectationsseries tackles all aspects of a topic every new mom and dad is eager to master: getting baby to sleep! In their reassuring parent-to-parent voice, experts Sandy and Marcie Jones unravel the mysteries of how, when, and under what circumstances babies sleep in a clear and logical way that will comfort and sustain weary parents. They offer: - An explanation of how a baby's sleep differs from that of children and adults - Advice on which sleep difficulties might indicate a medical problem. - Bulleted coping strategies for an array of issues - Q&A sidebars in which Sandy and Marcie give answers to common questions - Compelling "bites" of recent sleep research. Moms and dads suffering through sleepless night with baby will especially appreciate the quotes and strategies from other parents who have gone through the experience. Plus: a review of the most effective sleep-related products; useful web resources; and a comprehensive dictionary of medical and sleep terms.
Table of Contents
Introduction: If You're Reading This Before Your Baby Is Born
The Sleepy Fetus
What's Going on In There?
Newborns in "The Fourth Trimester"
Understanding Your Baby's Sleep Cycle
How Your Baby's Brain Is Different from Yours
A Closer Look at Adult Sleep
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
Your Baby's Sleep Cycles
Common Medications That May Affect Your Baby's Sleep
Baby Wake Cycles
It Pays to Answer Promptly
Decoding Your Baby's Cries
The Swaddling Option
Drowsy But Awake
Where Should Baby Sleep?
The Great Debate
Bed Sharing: The World's Oldest Sleeping Arrangement
The Biology of Mother-Baby Night Closeness
Bed-Sharing Safety Checklist
How and When to Stop Bed Sharing
All About Cribs
Setting Up Your Baby's Room
Six Weeks: The Crying Peak
The Six-Week Crying Peak
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Colic: The Waking Nightmare
Dealing with Exhaustion
Three to Four Months
Developing a Daily Routine
What's Happening in Your Three-Month-Old Baby's Brain
Feeding and Sleep: The Big Differences Between Breast and Bottle
Charting Your Baby's Day/Night Patterns
The Nighttime Put-Down
Tips for Handling Your Unique Baby
Four to Six Months
The Four-Month Sleep Shift
Six to Nine Months
Your Baby's New Sleep Patterns
Is It Time for a Change?
What Is Sleep Training? Does It Really Work?
Nine to Twelve Months
All About Toddler Sleep
Twelve Months and Beyond
The Challenge of Toddler Sleep
Exercise Is Important
Handling Delaying Tactics
Twenty Tips for Toddler Bedtime
Coping with Your Early-Morning Riser
The Changing Nap-time Scene
Containing a Roaming Toddler
Monsters and Night Fears
Moving from Crib to Bed
Sleep Problems When Traveling
A Distant Memory
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