by Anya Dunham, PhD
Find the best baby sleep book – for your particular situation – using this free short quiz.
Sleep can be one of the biggest challenges of the early parenting months – or even years. Pediatricians get asked about sleep challenges all the time, and yet most of them have very minimal training in children’s sleep.1-3 So we turn to books and online baby sleep programs. There, we find a lot of advice about baby sleep and sleep training, ranging from the slow and gentle “no cry” solutions to detached but efficient “extinction” or “cry it out”.
But what is the best baby sleep book? And can you avoid ending up with a bookshelf full of books, none of which are a goof fit for your baby and your family?
Well, I did end up purchasing many baby sleep books… And I have not only read them all, but I also read the original scientific research papers to learn about the science of baby sleep, wrote my book Baby Ecology, and navigated the first year with my three babies. So I put together this quiz to help you choose the book that is most likely to resonate with you and help your baby sleep soundly.
The quiz is free, and you won’t even need to go through the annoying step of entering your e-mail at the end to get your results. (But you are more than welcome to subscribe to KidEcology Newsletter if you like).
Ready to try it? Let’s get started!
1. Mindell JA et al (1994) Pediatricians and sleep disorders: training and practice. Pediatrics 94(2 Pt 1): 194-200
2. Owens JA (2001) The practice of pediatric sleep medicine: results of a community survey. Pediatrics 108(3): E51
3. Boreman CD et al (2007) Resident training in developmental/behavioral pediatrics: where do we stand? Clinical Pediatrics 46(2): 135-145
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