The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Elizabeth Pantley
The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley is one of the most popular gentle sleep books, having sold more than two million copies including translations into 24 languages.
The philosophy of this book is to:
~ learn what to expect for normal sleep
~ learn how to read your baby’s “tired signs” and create a unique sleep routine tailored for your baby
~ learn to identify the things that are getting in the way of a good night’s sleep and take steps to change these
~ use gentle, effective methods that solve the problems with respect and kindness, not ever resorting to letting your baby “cry it out”
Pantley provides many specific solutions for all the sleep issues that occur during the first two years. For example, for babies who are waking up more frequently than necessary to breastfeed or bottle-feed, due to “habit and association,” she proposes the ‘Pantley Pull-Off.’ This basically involves unlatching the baby after active feeding is completed, so that they don’t linger and pacify and fall asleep with the nipple in their mouth, preventing the need to replicate this association in order to fall back to sleep in the middle of the night. This allows the baby – and the parents – go get a full, uninterrupted night sleep.
Pantley also explains the importance of naps – how they affect mood, growth and health, and how good naps help promote good night time sleep. For those struggling specifically with naps, she has written an entire book on this topic: The No-Cry Nap Solution: Guaranteed Gentle Ways to Solve All Your Naptime Problems.
For older children, she suggests the following eight sleep tips, expanded on in her book – The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers:
# 1 Maintain a consistent bedtime and awaking time. (Including the idea that earlier bedtimes are generally better).
# 2 Encourage regular daily naps. (Good naps = happier days and better night sleep.)
# 3 Set your child’s biological clock. (For example, dimming the lights before bed to mimic night falling, and having plenty of bright light early in the day.)
# 4 Develop a consistent bedtime routine. (Follow a pleasant, long-enough pre-bed routine to prevent battles.)
# 5 Create a cozy sleep environment. (Prepare the room for sleep: Soft flannel sheets, background white noise or gentle lullabies, darkened room, familiar lovey to cuddle.)
# 6 Provide the right nutrition. (A healthy diet promotes better sleep.)
# 7 Help your child to be healthy and fit. (Ample exercise allows a child to use up energy and be tired at bedtime.)
# 8 Teach your child how to relax. (For example, using a soothing ritual and bedtime story)
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Parent reviews: One mother told us that using the tips in the book including the ‘Pantley Pull-Off’ for a few weeks was enough to make a big difference for her ten-month-old baby. Her baby started falling asleep after feeding, and sleeping all night long, and taking longer daytime naps. She didn’t have to wean the baby from daytime feedings, and there was no crying.
Acknowledgement: We thank Elizabeth Pantley for her generous time in helping us make sure this page is an accurate representation of her work. We hope you will find it helpful, and hope it will help to introduce more readers to her.