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Book Review: The No-Cry Nap Solution by Elizabeth Pantley

2009 July 20
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

It never occurred to me that ‘sleep‘ would be a huge topic in taking care of Baby V, since my youngest sister slept like an angel when she was young. When Baby V was about 10 weeks old, he started to be extremely curious about his surroundings and resisted taking naps (at home or outdoors) and took a long time to settle to sleep at night. The worst day was only a 45-minute nap after trying to settle him from 12.30p.m. to 5p.m. By that time, even I needed a nap!

That started our journey for baby sleep solutions and I came across a new term: CIO, which stands for Crying It Out. It seemed like a quick fix solution for desperate parents who could not find any other better solution. However, I rejected the idea as there could be dire consequences for the baby’s emotional development and the parent-child relationship.

Fortunately, I came across books by Elizabeth Pantley which promise gentler ways to help babies sleep better. Since The No-Cry Sleep Solution was out of stock initially, I started to read The No-Cry Nap Solution.

I was suddenly enlightened with simple ways to help Baby V nap longer and better. Within a couple of weeks, Baby V was taking 4 cosy naps a day. At 4 months old, when his awake span (at home, we call it his ‘battery life’) stretched from 1.5 hours to 2 hours, the naps were reduced from 4 to 3, totalling 5+ hours daily, at regular timings.

This certainly resulted in a happier mummy and a happier baby.

What I like about the book:

  • Simple and gentle ways to help baby take long naps
  • Effective solutions with lasting results
  • Buffet of solutions to meet different babies’ needs

The long naps that Baby V started taking led to the birth of Mummy’s Reviews.
Credits go to Elizabeth Pantley!

Get Your Own

Pantley’s books are available in most major bookstores such as MPH, Borders, Times and Popular Bookstores. They are hot among parents and often out of stock.

You may also check the price at Amazon.com here: The No-Cry Nap Solution*

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. December 11, 2009

    This seems to be a good book. Maybe I can get it from library. Recently Yvette is getting harder to sleep at night from time to time. :(

    • December 11, 2009

      We benefited tremendously from the No-Cry series of books. Babies’ / Children’s sleep patterns change over time, and the books offer a wide range of possible solutions. Our lives are much more organised after sorting out Baby V’s nap-time and bed-time fussiness. I am typing this right now as he is snoozing away! :)
      Hope the books are available in the library; they are often sold out at the bookstores in KL. May Yvette enjoy many sweet nights.

  2. Sam permalink
    January 16, 2010

    I agree that this is a good book to understand why the child isn’t sleeping well, gives tips on how to observe whether child is tired, and how to work on fixing bad sleeping issues. I read this during my confinement because I co-sleep and the numerous wakings was giving me a lot of stress, after I practiced the tips, it made the whole sleeping situation more manageable.

    • January 17, 2010

      Hi Sam, thank you very much for leaving your comment.

      I certainly wished I’d read the book earlier like you did, instead of naively thinking that babies sleep naturally when they are tired.

      Coincidentally, the review on The No-Cry Sleep Solution was just published yesterday. Hope you’d enjoy reading it.

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