Before having Lincoln, I had the ultimate plan to sleep train him from the second he exited my body. I researched as many baby sleep books that I could get my hands on! I read and ordered so many books that my husband thought I was crazy. Maybe I was (am?). But, of course, they all had conflicting information. Talk about confusing. But joke’s on me! Babies aren’t exactly ready for that type of schedule until they are at least four months old. Which I learned the hard way, by the way.
In an attempt to save you all some heart ache, exhaustion, and confusion, I’m sharing my top three baby sleep books. These are all very different, but I’ve found that taking a few pointers from each one has helped Lincoln sleep through the night! Currently, starting at 11 weeks old, he sleeps from 10pm – 6am! We are also working on easing into a daily nap schedule, but he is a bit too young at 12 weeks.
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: This book is the most research-driven book of the three choices here. Not only does it give you great tips for putting your child to sleep, but it also backs up it’s advice with science. Also, something I love about this book is that it explains why you should follow its instructions. Because I appreciate solid research, this book makes me feel confident in its claims. This is the longest of the three books, but it is really informative and worth purchasing so you can use it as a reference.
- The Sleep Easy Solution: The best middle ground book out there! This baby sleep book gives you a customized plan for your little one for night time sleeping and day time naps. While it does require you to have a specific plan and routine, it lets you customize it. Every single baby is different, and won’t always mold to the schedule you want him or her to. Also, this book has realistic expectations – you won’t start this until baby is at least four months old and 14 pounds. And, it’s not a long read!
- Moms on Call: This is the strictest and shortest book of the three baby sleep books on my list. Before I had Lincoln, I’d heard from a few friends that they wore by this book. It is extremely regimented, which is something I crave in life. The book has an exact schedule for different weeks up to six months (And you can buy more books that cover older ages). This program starts the day baby comes home from the hospital, but of course I didn’t do that. At four weeks old, we decided to put Lincoln on this schedule. However, this was the week his acid reflux arrived, so it just didn’t work for us. Lincoln was in too much pain to sleep. But, the principles of this book are a great outline for keeping a baby’s schedule on track. This gives you peace of mind and some sanity back!