I saw a plea on Facebook by Elizabeth for ‘professionals’ working with families and babies to get in touch. I see between 10-20 babies a fortnight with sling library and consultations, and as I know she used to sling, I contacted her to see if I was professional enough, I was, although at the time I was a little unsure what she wanted. Well it was to review a new enhanced ebook version of the No Cry Sleep Solution. The No Cry Sleep Solution remains the only book I recommend to all parents struggling to get their children to sleep and the new enhanced ebook is a perfect portable reminder that sleep will come.
The ethos of the book is as the front cover describes “gentle ways to help your baby sleep through the night”. Pantley’s methods spoke to me. They were natural, they seemed to fit with what I instinctively wanted to do. The first thing that struck me about the No Cry Sleep Solution was that it wasn’t designed to any baby but your baby. You make it fit. You are given tips and suggestions but there is no trying to fit your baby to a set model or requirements. The key part of her book that made me feel better was that officially ‘sleeping through’ means a period of 5hours sleep. It didn’t mean the 7pm to 7am which most other books stress.
The NCSS is not a quick plan going to get you sleep immediately. It is a plan which needs time to take effect and you do need to stick with it long enough to see if it taking effect. If you want a quick fix, this book isn’t for you. But it proved to me that there were other options, that I didn’t have to do what everyone else said and that my instincts were probably right, so go with them. The NCSS makes you feel better about the sleep you’re [still] not getting.
The addition of the videos at the end of each chapter in this enhanced ebook provide a welcome summary and give you confidence to continue. They act as prompts when you think you have gone wrong and reassurance that changes, no matter how small, will be happening even if at the time you can't see them. Do not expect a quick fix, but nothing worthwhile in life ever is!