Settling baby to sleep is definitely one of the most challenging aspects of being a first-time mom. There are so many varying sleep theories and routines out there—real moms shared hundreds of theirs with us recently—but finding the one that's right for you and your baby can be a minefield. Books really helped me stay informed and get my son into a regular sleep routine that gave me back my sanity. But not all books were created equal. Scroll down for some of the top baby books.
The Sears family is favored among many American parents for its expert pediatric and parenting advice. This book is a complete guide to helping the whole family get a good night's sleep. It's a comprehensive book that promises immediate results. It teaches you "how to match the nighttime temperament" of your baby to your own lifestyle with practical tools and tips.
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child is for exhausted parents with babies from birth to 10 months. It's brimming with well-researched information and strategies that are simple to action. Dr. Marc Weissbluth has broken down each chapter by age with four different sleep training strategies to try. Not only is Weissbluth a trained practitioner, he's also the father of four, so you know he's tested his own theories at home. This book also gets close to a five-star rating and has more than 2,000 reviews on Amazon.
Written by health social scientist (and mother of three boys) Anni Gethin, along with psychologist and mother of one, Beth Macgregor, Helping Your Baby to Sleep teaches you why babies wake at night and need help to settle down. The book outlines the common sleep problems and offers tips for coping and staying sane.
If you are tortured by the idea of letting you baby "cry it out" and other rigid programs haven't worked for you, this book is will be your sanity-saver. Elizabeth Pantley provides solutions in a clear step-by-step approach and helps you to "determine and work with your baby's biological sleep rhythms" so you can both enjoy a restful night's sleep without crying.
This world-renowned bestselling guide has helped countless parents achieve happy, sleeping babies from birth to 2 years of age. Author Tizzie Hall has been labelled an international baby whisperer and miracle-worker for her guide that helps parents read their babies' body language and cries. The book also includes a series of sleep routines she's developed to help mom and baby get a full night's sleep.
When this book was first published in 2005, Tracy Hogg was hailed for helping parents become “whisperers” to their newborns. Her book debunked the myth that parents need to suffer sleepless nights for the first year by giving them the tools to truly understand their baby’s language. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer teaches parents how to determine what each coo or cry really means whether they're "hungry, tired, in real distress, or just in need of a little TLC."
Dr. James McKenna outlines the scientific benefits of co-sleeping, with instructions on how to create a safe family bed. McKenna is a global authority on co-sleeping and believes babies are much safer and healthier when put to bed in a family sleeping environment. McKenna has 25 years of experience and has written many scientific articles on the topic, but perhaps the greatest evidence this system works is the fact that his wife co-slept with all of their eight children.
Dr. Richard Ferber is the nation's leading authority on children's sleep problems, and this book provides a ton of useful information on circadian rhythms, sleep associations, and other common issues such as bed-wetting and nightmares. It also has well-researched information on the science of sleep.
Do you have a baby book you swear by? How has it helped you? Let us know below.