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Great Books for Parents of Children with Sleep Problems

There are a number of books addressing the issues of children and sleep that can be a great resource for families with the energy to read them!  The following are some of the best.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child  by Marc Weissbluth, M.D.

Dr Weissbluth studied with the pioneer sleep researcher William Dement, M.D. at Stanford University and was one of the first pediatric sleep researchers.  His method for helping children learn to sleep has helped many, many families.  He also has a website with a blog about sleep, temperament, media and children.

The Sleep Easy Solution by Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack

The authors are social workers who cofounded a sleep consultation business and share their knowledge and secrets in this book.  Filled with useful tips and step by step plans to help babies learn to sleep, it is quite parent-friendly!

Take Charge of Your Child’s Sleep by Judy A. Owens, M.D. and Jodi A. Mindell, PhD

The authors, known as "The Sleep Doctors", address the oft-neglected topic of sleep difficulties for children from preschool to high school and offer useful strategies.  Dr. Owens is actively involved in the latest pediatric sleep research. 

Sleepless in America by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

The author is an award-winning parent educator and author of Raising Your Spirited Child.  She makes the connection between children’s sleep habits and behavioral and health problems as she integrates research with practical strategies to help children and families.

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey A. Karp, M.D.

This book specifically addresses the issues of crying babies and offers vital and effective tools for calming fussy infants.  His theories and advice are compelling and fill an important niche for the early months when babies' sleep patterns are generally unpredictable and not yet "trainable."  Dr. Karp also has a helpful website for those seeking more information on his approach.

Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems  by Richard Ferber, M.D.

This is the most widely read book on sleep in the world.  Dr. Ferber has devoted his life and career to helping children and families address sleep difficulties.  He unfortunately became associated with the phrase “crying it out,” a concept he actually never suggested.  The book is thoughtfully written and extraordinarily comprehensive.


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