Monday, June 19, 2017

Parenting Pointers: Baby Sleep Tips

Baby Coach Suzy Giordan’s and Lisa Abidin’s two bestselling books are back with a whole new look and a little extra love. Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old and The Baby Sleep Solution have sold a combined 300,000 copies to parents everywhere! As seen on and as heard on NPR “All Things Considered,”  these sleeping tips really work. I had a chance to interview Suzy to learn more.

1.      Why is it so important to promote good sleeping habits in babies and toddlers?
Good sleep habits are best formed in the beginning, starting when the baby is about 6 weeks old.  Can you start sleep training your child at 6 months, 12 months, even 18 months of age? Certainly!  It is never too late.  But the earlier you train your child, the better, otherwise bad habits can form that are tough to break. It is like working with clay - the younger the baby is the easier it is to shape his or her sleeping habits.

2.      What's different between these books and other sleep solutions?
Both books were written like an instruction manual, with very specific, step by step information. Most other sleep solutions contain hundreds of pages of generalities about the philosophy behind sleep. Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old and The Baby Sleep Solution are geared toward the mom or dad who does not have time to read a 300-400-page book and needs answers now. Whether you are a pregnant mom pulling 60 hour workweeks inside or outside the home or a sleep-deprived dad trying your best to share the all-nighters with your partner, you will be able to read the key sections of these manuals in 1 hour.

3.      How can parents maintain their own sanity when teaching their babies and toddlers to sleep?
You must take time for yourself.  This is easier said than done, whether you are a first time parent learning the ropes or an experienced caregiver trying to juggle a newborn, a toddler, and a 5-year-old.  Even if it is a 15-minute walk outside or a 20-minute child free shower, you need time to rest and recharge.  Sleep training takes lots of discipline from parents. If you are continually exhausted and emotionally spent, you are more likely to give in and do whatever it takes to get your baby to quiet down. This in turn leads to bad habits that over time are very difficult to break.  We've all been there, whether it be driving around at 2am so your baby can fall asleep in a car seat or running the dryer for hours on end with the bassinet on top so your baby can stay sleeping. The more rested and alert you are, the easier it is to engage in purposeful parenting instead of accidental parenting.

Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old
·        This practical, how-to guide helped over 100,000 newborn babies sleep full nights in only 1-2 weeks
·        Learn the 4 foundations of baby sleep success, and the 6 benefits for both parents and baby
·        Moms and dads who don’t have time to read a 300-page book will benefit from this pocket-sized companion – can be read in only 2 hours!
·        Updated cover and new afterword
The Baby Sleep Solution
·        Same tested & proven program from Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old with additional chapter for babies up to 18 months
·        Families who start sleep training later will benefit with extended program materials
·        Updated cover, new afterword and refreshed front matter
Suzy Giordano has been implementing her child sleep training method for 25 years. She has helped thousands of families throughout the world with her books and sleep consulting services.

Affectionately known as “the baby coach,” baby sleep expert Suzy Giordano has been teaching her child sleep-training method for the past twenty-five years. A mother of five, she lives with her husband in the Washington, D.C. area.
Lisa Abidin is a writer, former law clerk and prosecutor, and the mother of twins. Learn more at

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