Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Chelsea says

    i have read the sections of the book that so far apply to us. Months 1-4, and now starting on month 5-11. As a whole, I think this is a great book as a reference point. However, there are a few statements he makes that leaves a lot to be desired. For example, my 4.5 month old daughter is a chronic catnapper, and has been since she was 5 weeks old. He does not mention until Months 5-11 that many babies will not have a regular nap schedule possibly until 6 months of age because they aren’t biologically ready to do so. He also mentions in Months 1-4 that the most common reason for a missed or short morning nap is overtiredness. And though I do agree to an extent, this is not always the case. I have been like a hawk making sure my daughter doesn’t get overtired. She still has to take 4-5 naps a day just to get us to bath/bed time. I was beating myself up over that latter statement always wondering “how is my baby overtired after sleeping 11 hours and having only 1-1.5 hour wake time in the morning. It wasn’t until I read the statement about some babies maturing later than others they i thought, “you couldn’t have said this is the previous chapter?” So I try to take it all with a grain of salt. My daughter goes down awake, self soothes, doesn’t get overtired (sometimes she does, but it’s hard not too with catnaps), and still takes 30 minute naps. I have done and provided every thing for her I’m supposed to, and I know now I just have to wait until she does it on her own. I also wish he mentioned cat napping in his book, since it is SO common.

    • Emily DeJeu says

      @ Chelsea – this point of yours – “I try to take it all with a grain of salt” – is perfect! All moms should apply that philosophy to any reading they do on baby sleep!

      Also, a big yes to the catnapping point – there’s such an emphasis in this book on long naps, but catnapping is really common in the newborn stage, AND during a nap transition.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the book with us, Chelsea! 🙂