Being a parent to an infant may seem synonymous with sleepless nights and groggy mornings, but it doesn't have to be that way. For parents who can't believe other people's children sleep through the night, sleep training can be the key to make you the envy of all the other parents on the block, too.
For parents that don't know where to begin, there are countless guides to sleep training your infant, but some stand above the rest. Check out this list of 10 of the best books to get you, your baby and the entire family sleeping through the night.
10 The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways To Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night
Many parents are proponents of letting their baby "cry it out" and letting them learn to self soothe. But this method can be challenging for many new parents who hate to hear their child cry and need some peace and quiet -- now. Elizabeth Pantley's book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" is for those parents.
This book is best for parents of newborns to five months old. It offers 15 steps to better naps and better night sleep for you and your baby. The tips and tricks include sleep logs, sticking to the plan for at least 10 days, and even gives tips on what to do when the baby is sleepy but Mom isn't.
9 Taking Cara Of Babies
Taking Cara Of Babies is a website launched by a woman named Cara who is a neonatal nurse and mom of four. On her site, she offers an ebook tailored to sleep training your three to four-month, as well as other products to help you get those coveted extra hours of sleep.
This book is helpful for parents who had newborns who slept great, but are now regressing -- or for babies that just never fell into a good nap and bedtime routine. You can purchase the book for $34 on the website. She also offers newborn classes and classes for parents of five to 24-month olds.
8 Moms On Call
Moms On Call goes beyond just sleep help. The tips these books offer are lifesavers, according to readers. Moms On Call was founded in 2003 by two pediatric nurses, and now has a plethora of resources for parents including three books, three online video courses, two apps, and a network of 20 consultants to work with parents.
The books are tailored to your baby's age range, starting at newborn to six months, then six to 15 months, and 15 months to four years old. You can get all three books for $38.95 on their website. The books offer parents a tailored sleep and nap routine and schedule to get your baby to sleep and to "get your sanity back."
7 Baby Sleep Training In 7 Days: The Fastest Fix For Sleepless Nights
The founder of the "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" program Violet Giannone lays out a seven-day plan for parents to get their baby to become a naturally good sleeper. This book lays out how to prepare your baby for sleep training, then initiate the process, and finally make good sleeping a habit.
It offers guidance and troubleshooting tips for each stage of the process to help make the transition as seamless as possible for you and the baby. She also offers coveted sleep safety tips and how to transition your baby from bassinet to the crib.
6 The Happiest Baby On The Block
This book offers ways to soothe crying babies in minutes, regardless of the time of day. The Happiest Baby On The Block's method is broken into four techniques. First, the "Fourth Trimester," which explains why babies still want to feel like they're in the womb post-birth. Think: swaddling.
Next, the book teaches the calming reflex which it describes as a baby's "off switch." Third, they have the 5 S's, which gets your baby to relax. And finally. "The Cuddle Cure," which they claim even soothes colicky babies. This book covers everything from breastfeeding, bedsharing, to SIDS prevention.
5 Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer
Most new parents wish they could just communicate with their babies better. Is the baby hungry or tired? Tracy Hogg's book "Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer: How To Calm, Connect, And Communicate With Your Baby" provides parents a guide to do just that. Hogg's book promises parents that happy babies can in fact sleep through the night.
Hogg gives parents a schedule to follow on more than just sleep, adding that mealtime and playtime help contribute to a better sleep schedule. She also gives tips on how to interrupt what your baby needs. She also promises that any bad habits your baby or you have can be broken in just three days.
4 Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide For Modern Parents
Sleep expert Alexis Dubief provides a hilarious and helpful guide for new parents to get their babies to actually sleep in her book, "Precious Little Sleep: The Complete Baby Sleep Guide For Modern Parents." Dubief's book offers seven methods for parents to try, so parents can pick the one that is best for their baby and family.
The book promises the methods are flexible, so real parents can apply them to real life. This book also extends well past the newborn stage, helping parents with toddlers and preschoolers who are going through a sleep regression.
3 The Sleepeasy Solution: The Exhausted Parent's Guide To Getting Your Child To Sleep From Birth To Age 5
Psychotherapists and sleep specialists Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack penned "The Sleepeasy Solution: The Exhausted Parent's Guide To Getting Your Child To Sleep From Birth To Age 5" with promises of helping parents getting their babies and themselves to sleep in less than three nights.
They do this by giving a guide to addressing the emotional needs of both the baby and the parent. The book helps each family create a customized "sleep planner" to help everyone sleep consistently. This book also offers a "marriage saver" chapter for all those couples fighting a bit too much because of the lack of sleep.
2 It's Never Too Late To Sleep Train: The Low-Stress Way To High-Quality Sleep For Babies, Kids, And Parents
For parents who fear they waited too long to sleep train, this book is for you. Dr. Craig Canapari thought his 36-hour shifts working in a hospital would prepare him for sleepless nights with a newborn. He was wrong.
Canapari wrote "It's Never Too Late To Sleep Train: The Low-Stress Way To High-Quality Sleep For Babies, Kids, And Parents" because he understood that parents never get a break and when the baby doesn't sleep the whole family is grumpy the next day. This book gives a simple two-step guide to sleep training, all based on clinical research.
1 On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant The Gift Of Nighttime Sleep
This classic baby sleep book has been updated with a 2019 edition to provide parents a guide on syncing your baby's awake time, eating time and sleep time to a schedule that works for the entire family. "On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant The Gift Of Nighttime Sleep" was written by pediatrician Dr. Robert Buckman and author Gary Ezzo 29 years ago and is still a favorite among parents today.
These two are leading experts on infant management concepts and give parents a guide to understanding their child's natural biological rhythms.