Sleep, or lack of it is something I have written about before, most recently in ‘why sleep deprivation is different to being tired‘. It would be fair to say that like many other parents out there I have existed on very little sleep for many years now.
I’m OK with that, because as far as I am concerned it comes with being a parent and we can’t all have these little darlings that sleep through from two weeks old now can we.
It would also be fair to say that I’ve read lots of theories on sleep, sleep plans and books during the last ten years. I’m no sleep expert but I know my children.
I’m prepared to give most things a go and happy to indulge a new theory for as long as it takes to test out.
The latest book I’ve looked at is called ‘Teach your child to sleep‘ from, Octopus Publishing Group and written by Millpond Sleep Clinic. The highly-acclaimed Millpond Children’s Sleep Clinic has a 97 per cent success rate in resolving children’s sleep problems. Discover how to get your baby or child to settle easily and sleep through the night with step-by-step advice that gets right to the heart of the problem.
All the techniques recommended in this book have been tried and tested at Millpond. Teach Your Child to Sleep aims to prove that seemingly complex sleep problems can actually have simple solutions. The book guides readers across all elements of sleep, from how to encourage good sleeping habits to identifying and tackling sleep problems. After the nature of the problem has been isolated, there is a small but well-defined selection of techniques with which to confront it. Based on their previous experience, the team at Millpond believe that once readers have chosen the right solution for their family’s needs, they are only 2-3 weeks away from a baby or child who knows how to sleep.
I won’t tell you that this book will fix your child’s sleep problems, but I will tell you it has lots of useful suggestions and types of plans you can follow, some you will have heard many times before, some perhaps not.
- Understanding Sleep
- Encouraging Good Sleep Habits
- Understanding Sleep Problems
- Tackling Sleep Problems
- Identifying the Problem
- Sleep Solutions
I think that the most difficult part of putting any sleep plan together is finding two to three weeks where you can just repeat the process over and over again each day, without exception to ensure it becomes the norm. It’s a great theory but real life isn’t like that is it?
When I was trying to stop breastfeeding in the night, so many things I read said that one of the best ways to stop was to get your partner to deal with the baby when they woke in the night. Well, I almost laughed out loud each time I read that, as, for a number of reasons that was just not possible. I had to find a way to break that cycle on my own. The sleep situation is very similar.
Anyway, if, like so many parents you are struggling and would like to take some direction from this book you can enter to win a copy below.
Good luck and sleep tight
Win a copy of “Teach your child to sleep”
Three of my four sleep well but the one who doesn’t obviously takes after me with their insomnia habits and we both sit up together during the twilight hours!
Very disturbed sleep, lots of waking in the night
Mine wakes up at night and always ends up in our bed.
Usually in the bed, sometimes on the floor if really tired
My 3 year old daughter has slept through from 4 weeks (yes really!) – my nearly 1 year old son however is a different story & is still up at least twice in the night, usually every 3 hours or so!
She keeps waking up in the night even at the age of 3!
Would be a God send doesn’t nap through day and still wakes through night around 3 to 4 times my daughter turns 2 next week
My daughter sleeps really well at the moment, but I expect there’ll be some change when she moves from her cot into a bed.
my 5 year old sleeps pretty well in general; my 5 month old not so much but he’ll get there i’m sure 🙂
My boys sleep well now but didnt used too and my daughter sleeps on the settee with me because she doesnt like her bed and wakes the whole house up screaming.
fairly well most nights x
Trying to get my son to bed most nights is a nightmare and he wakes up around 2/3 times a night too
Not to bad could be better
Not good, I wish they slept better
My daughter sleeps amazingly well my son Harry however has taken terrible 2’s to a whole new level so sleeps really badly
Could be better really 🙁
I feel I’m lucky as my 4 year old sleeps from 8 till about 7 every day.
Mine aren’t too bad on the whole, but I am still sleep deprived!
It goes in phases but good at the mo 🙂