The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program: Follow Your Child's Natural Sleep Rhythms for Better Nights and Naps

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Workman Publishing, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 184 pages
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For every parent who struggles with their baby's sleep (and for every parent who wishes their toddler had better sleep habits), finally a straightforward, all-natural solution to help baby get the sleep she needs—both through the night and during the day.

A sleep researcher with a Ph.D. in neuroscience, Dr. Polly Moore has created a simple, foolproof method based on the basic human rest and activity cycle (BRAC), which occurs every hour and a half. According to the BRAC, baby should go back for a nap a mere 90 minutes after waking up—that's right: 90 minutes.

The program is called N.A.P.S.—Note time when baby wakes up, Add 90 minutes, Play, feed, or pursue other activities, then, at the end of the 90 minutes, Soothe baby back to sleep. When baby wakes up again, whether after a short or a long nap, start the cycle over. And, although it sounds counterintuitive, frequent napping actually helps baby sleep through the night.

In a reassuring and accessible style, Dr. Moore explains how and why the program works; the benefits of napping—a happier, healthier baby with a headstart on cognitive development and emotional intelligence; how to implement it for babies at various ages, from two weeks to a year; and how to use it to solve common sleep programs, such as a baby's need to be held, baby waking up too early in the morning, baby getting a second wind before bedtime, baby confusing day and night, and more. The Wire-O-bound book includes a guided journal for recording baby's sleepy signals and sleep difficulties, a daily log for keeping track of baby's nap times, and space to note baby's milestones—all peppered with humorous, inspirational quotes.
 

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This book is worth more than its weight in gold! I thought my baby was an awful sleeper, who only wanted to be attached to the breast or be held. I knew the first few weeks of life would be rough, but man ... these were unbearable!! After sharing my woes with a friend, she suggested this book since it worked for her oldest son. This book changed my life in a day. Honestly. I had no idea some babies needed to be essentially taught how to sleep, and that I would need to be taught how to recognize my baby's sleep signals. My baby went from being constantly cranky, to a happy, well-rested baby who no longer took naps only on the breast. She, now 10 weeks, is on a regular sleep pattern, and sleeps 5-6 hours at night, followed by multiple naps during the day. I feel like a much better mom for giving her the sleep that a baby needs, and she's getting a better version of me because I feel more rested and content too! I recommend this book to every mom I know, and I highly recommend it to you too!  

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Yet another 100+ page book to tell you the obvious plus a few anecdotes to make tired parents feel better. This nonsense became my wife's mantra with our first and I can honestly say it just about ruined our lives.

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Contents

Sleep Not Stimulation A New View
9
The Beat Goes On Natural 90Minute Rhythms
23
The NAPS Plan The Basics
37
The NAPS Plan Birth Through Five Months
61
The NAPS Plan Six Months to One Year and Beyond
93
Personalize the Plan Solving Common Sleep Problems
115
Get into the Rhythm
143
Your Babys SLEEP JOURNAL
145
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About the author (2008)

Polly Moore received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA, where she specialized in sleep research. She continued her research at the Scripps Clinic Sleep Center, and is now Director of Sleep Research at California Clinical Trials in San Diego. She is a hands-on expert in the subject of baby sleep-with two small children of her own-and gives talks to new parents on the subject. She and her family live in San Diego, California.

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