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The No-Cry Sleep Solution

Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
Written by: Elizabeth Pantley
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins

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Publisher's Summary

There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby "cry it out", or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don't believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley's sanity-saving audiobook The No-Cry Sleep Solution.

Pantley's successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based on her research, Pantley's guide provides you with effective strategies to overcoming nap-time and nighttime problems. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night's sleep - all with no crying.

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"Speaks to the uniqueness of each child in a loving and knowledgeable way." (James McKenna PhD, Mother-Baby Sleep Center, University of Notre Dame)

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  • Rachael
  • 14-03-17

if you breastfeed and co-sleep there are good tips

there are few good tips that I found useful. only a few days in and some changes have already happened at my house. I appreciated that older babies were mentioned and also experienced some degrees of success. This is really just a bunch of tips and the reminder that keeping a log gives insight and makes small and large improvements noticeable. If you are not breastfeeding or cosleeping I think that you may find the promotion of breastfeeding and co-sleeping to be condescending for those who are not. since we're doing both this book was not annoying in that way for me. but I can see that it would be for others. this does not offer any short-term, Quick Fix solution. I am seeing small results already though.

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  • ReBekha
  • 05-08-17

This book has transformed nighttime in my house.

Over the course of the summer, my 9 mo has gone from waking at least every two hours and sleep nursing throughout the night, to sleeping 8 hours at a time in his crib and another few with me. He is even able to self soothe throughout the night, and it all happened without crying! My partner and I sleep better, there's no guilt involved, and it's all thanks to this book. We still have work to do, but every time I listen to this book, we make sleep progress. Thank you for saving my sanity!

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  • Kimberly Gervais
  • 18-10-16

Good

The book has good ideas in it and great alternatives to the CIO method. However, it didn't work with my baby boy (8 months old) who is high needs. (Look that term up if not familiar please)

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  • Deborah
  • 27-06-18

helpful book

I'm an Infant Sleep Trainer, and I found the info in this book to be consistent with most of the current sleep research. With my own daughter, I did cry-it-out and accomplished in 3 nights what it will take Pantley's followers several (sleepless, anxious) weeks to accomplish...and yes, my daughter and I have a close nurturing relationship. But, with my clients who want to avoid all crying, I employ her solid methods.

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  • Ed14
  • 26-06-17

Ranting

This is a dreadful rant full of propaganda and starting with a bunch of legal caveats protecting her from lawsuits. For good reason, as the book itself is like listening to your know-it-all second cousin who is happy to tell you how to sleep train your child because she caught you looking tired with your baby at a family function.

If you are looking for an unscientific rant based on email testimonials, the author's husband's opinion, and lots of uneducated advice from anyone the author could find to argue for her point of view - THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!

If you are actually interested in learning techniques to help your baby sleep based on an actual Doctor - IT IS NOT.

If you aren't sure what's best for you and your baby and want some scientific information delivered in a non-judgmental format that's an easy read/listen, read Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina.

If you want to learn the Sears method for sleep training, just read the Dr Sears books. Don't waste your money on this.

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  • The Peacekeeper
  • 20-12-19

Life Saver/confidence booster

Reading this really helped me understand my baby and what he's going through! It really helped me not to give up.

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  • Gabor Hackl
  • 12-01-18

Bookmark the parts you need!

Lots of very good advice in a well structured, understandable guide for struggling, sleep-deprived parents.

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  • Gilmara Lima Mendes
  • 08-11-16

Gentle, Loving and Caring

What did you love best about The No-Cry Sleep Solution?

This book is from one Mommy to many mommies out there who haven't been able to get a good night's sleep.
This is not a book for quick fixes. I am an exhausted parent myself, and I just finished listening to this book, but I am willing to try the techniques and give it a go.
The techniques are gentle and loving, and the author has developed them through her own experience, and not some made up theory.

What did you like best about this story?

There is no place for blame with this book. So, it feels like you are in a support group, because you have many statements from many moms who felt just as exhausted as I feel now.

Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope. First time. And I must say that if I come across another book narrated by her, I will gladly listen to it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Exhausted parents need rescue

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for some agressive technique to get your baby to sleep through the night immediately, this book is not for you.
This book is more about attatchment parenting, and tries to show ways to tuck your baby in with no crying, as gently as possible. I recommend it.

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  • Rachel
  • 11-07-20

Not as helpful as i hoped

This book could have been wrapped up in two hours. she did not need to go on and on. We were sleep deprived, you didn’t need to put us to sleep. We need the baby to sleep.

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  • Theodore
  • 07-08-19

Not evidence based

Seems like most of the content in this book is based on quasi-rational speculation and anecdote. It's not entirely useless but if you're gonna spend 8 hours on a book about getting your baby sleep I don't think this is one.

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  • Sara A.
  • 23-09-18

struggling to finish

I am almost through with the book and im actually struggling to finish it...i think it can be shorter and straight to the point which might actually benefit some of the good ideas in there and not make tgem lost with all the repitative material...

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  • Emmanuel Zakebam
  • 03-12-19

Well worth a listen (at 1.5 speed!)

Repetitious and corny perhaps, and definitely grating in places (perhaps because I'm English and can't abide the mega-keen, overfamiliar and effusive yank style of writing and declamation) but the basic ideas are sound and any parent would be wise to hear her out. I have learned much from this book and it has reshaped my thinking and understanding a great deal - would definitely recommend.

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  • Mrs. Sally Wade
  • 15-11-17

Yawnn

Made me sleepy listening it was so boring. Maybe I should play it to my baby.

Nothing in it I didn’t learn from Gina Ford ironically.

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  • Graham
  • 14-04-16

long and dragged out. Not worth the trouble

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book will obviously be downloaded by frustrated parents hoping to find a solution on how they can help their baby sleep at night. The book drags on and and provides background stories about other mums and their testimonials, then more fluff.. blah blah.. I wish it would have just gotten to the point. I lost interest after awhile. There are a few good points but nothing ground breaking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-20

Finally!!

Reading Elizabeth Pantley's no cry sleep solution made me feel as if I finally had some tools to use. We are formula fed, despite my very best efforts we couldn't make breastfeeding work. I also do not sleep at all when baby is in my bed, as much as I love morning half asleep cuddles. Many (if not all) of the gentle sleep books on the market that I have read advocate cosleeping and breast feeding arrangements as their silver bullet to sleep issues. unfortunately neither of these work for us and some books with repeated breastfeeding mentions made me very upset. No cry sleep solution respects and gives tips for many sleep and feeding arrangements. It is very non judgmental of these different arrangements and doesn't advocate for one or the other. Another helpful part of this book is it has many gentle ways to break 'negative' sleep associations such as rocking, feeding to sleep dummies. I am keen to try them in action, so far a few of the peices of information are working wonders. I have read a number of books on gentle sleep and so far this is by far THE book to read on the subject!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-19

Super helpful read!<br />

This book has enabled me to tweak so many things which have led to successful sleep training. I love all of the different options given throughout the book to suit your family circumstance. Has taken the stress out of sleep training and enabled me to work on different things in stages. Can't recommend enough!