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am 23. Mai 2017
Diese Buch muss jeder besitzen. Wir haben uns 4 Monate planlos mit dem Schlaf unseres Babys herumgeschlagen weil wir einfach nicht wussten was ihm hilft leichter einzuschlafen und länger zu schlafen. Gott sei dank hab ich das Buch gelesen. Man sollte es unbedingt vor der Geburt lesen um die wertvollen Tips von Anfang an umzusetzen. Seine Methoden funktionieren und es kommt einem vor wie eine Offenbarung!!!
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am 23. Juli 2000
In this book, Dr. Weissbluth explains in detail the importance of sleep (nighttime and daytime) to a child's well being. He indicates the key mistakes parents make (primarily, keeping irregular schedules with overly long periods of wakefullness). I bought this book along with Richard Ferber's "Solving Your Child's Sleep Problems".
Dr. Weissbluth gives very detailed instructions on getting your infant on a sleep schedule from a young age (3-4 months; possibly earlier in some babies). In some ways it simplifies things to have someone give such specific criteria to follow. However, there are some aspects of the book which particularly bothered me:
1) It does not take into account individual differences between babies -- To me, it doesn't seem logical that all babies are going to need exactly the same pattern of sleep.
2) Parents are instructed to let babies cry as long as it takes for them to fall asleep without intervention at night -- I agree it's important that babies learn to soothe themselves, but I MUCH prefer Dr. Ferber's program with periodic reassurance from parents (and for parents) that all is well. To let a baby cry alone for 2, 3 hours at night even if it gets the desired result of learning to sleep through the night seems cruel and selfish. In fact, Dr. Weissbluth comments on Dr. Ferber's approach saying that he is sure it could work but that it puts too much of a burden on parents to have to keep going in at periodic intervals. I think that when a baby is faced with an important but difficult lesson, parents should not feel burdened to help them through it.
3) Dr. Weissbluth frequently comments on the "magic window" of putting a baby down for a nap, when he is tired, but not overly tired, and how parents need to adapt their schedules to their baby's needs -- I think it's absolutely correct to emphasize the importance of respecting a baby's needs, but this seems easier with an only child. We have an older daughter who has to be driven to and from school, and other classes, pets to take to the vet, doctors' appointments that need to be kept... It's not always possible to fit all of these commitments at precisely the right moments when a baby is well rested, and a nap is not being compromised. Dr. Weissbluth frowns upon naps taken in car seats, strollers, carriers etc. as not being as restful as a nap in a crib. I agree but I think reality sometimes means a nap takes place in less than ideal circumstances.
Overall, I think the book does a good job emphasizing the importance of sleep and in outlining general patterns of sleep for children of different ages. I do not feel comfortable, however, with the methods used. I would urge anyone who would like to give their baby the opportunity to learn to soothe himself at night, to consider reading Dr. Ferber's book and at least trying his method. If teaching your baby to sleep through the night works within a framework of the parents periodically reassuring the baby (for us it worked beautifully with our older daughter, and we plan on using the same method with our baby son), surely that is preferable to success that comes with a baby crying by himself, for as long as it takes.
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am 31. Dezember 1999
My husband and I were very skeptical when our friends kept crediting "the sleepy baby book" (our nickname for this child-rearing masterpiece) for their little girl's wonderful sleep habits. We just nodded and smiled because we were certain that they were lucky enough to have a baby who just happens to like sleep. I read the book anyway while I was pregnant and used it on our baby from day one. The results are amazing. Our little girl sleeps 12-13 hours a night and takes two 1½-hour naps a day. Another set of friends is using this method on their 8-week-old who is consistently sleeping nine hours at night. This method requires that the parents be in tune with their baby's needs. It takes time to learn the signs of a baby that is tired but not yet overtired. That is one of the secrets of this method. Put your baby down before he's overtired. Another secret is seemingly counterintuitive. Don't keep your baby up during the day so she will sleep better at night. You need to read the rest your selves to get the whole picture, but it is a strange mixture of revolutionary thinking and common sense. He also backs up all his theories in the beginning with tons of interesting studies. This is a must read for expecting parents.
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am 9. August 1999
"Just Do It." This book is for parents finding confusing, competing messages on sleep habits from various news sources or the parent who wonders where sleep fits in with today's multiple priorities pulling the family in too many directions.
"Just Do It" - organize your life around the baby's sleep schedule, put him/her to sleep on time all the time, trust your baby's ability to adapt and DO NOT reinforce any negative sleep behaviors are the messages you get. For the parent who puts his/her priorities first, read this: the Doc says YOU need to adjust YOUR life to the baby's sleep rhythm. YOU need to put the baby to sleep on time all the time and stick with it. YOU need to stop reinforcing the bad time standoffs. YOU need to make things SIMPLER. Just put that baby to bed often. If you can't you are your child's worst enemy because you can't set priorities, you are encouraging many indirectly related behavioral problems and stunting his IQ. Sleep is prerequesite for a smart, bubbly child.
Why is the book 200+ pages? Because Dr. Weissbluth has to break down the competing messages and through our stubborness. We parents hear only what we want to hear, rationalize away our own responsibility and ignore simple clear messages from medical science. Dr. Weissbluth's book is the bullhorn and loudspeaker through the fog of mini-articles in your newspaper and home magazines. "Put that baby to bed and let that baby learn how to put him/herself to sleep! NOW!" he bellows in a soft, scientific and articulate way. The book's structure of winding three themes running together is not the best. But the three themes work together: 1. research backing up the "put her to bed and walk away" method, 2. blowing out some of the common nonsense floating about and 3. touchy feely anecdotal stories proving he has seen it all and the prescpription is the same: put that baby to sleep now trust your baby's ability to cope. STOP encouraging bad behavior using non-emotional and non-confrontative responses. For those who don't believe numbers, the anecdotal stories from patients who become converts strike home. Each stories is backed by research to strike home with his hammer: you are the parent, you are responsible to make sure the baby way too much sleep ON TIME every time. Excuses like Dads working late, family visitors and other "important" events are shot dead with his silver bullet: research showing your baby can and will sleep if YOU can just get your behavior in order. Goodnight, sleep tight.
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am 12. Juli 1999
We used the family bed and other very soft methods of getting our daughter to sleep (Sears) until she started to wake much more frequently to nurse (every 1-2 hours at 8-10months). I knew this was too often.
When I read the data in the book about total numbers of sleep hours required (she had also had many colds in a row), I knew we had to try something. At 11 months we set up a night vision video camera in her room and did what the book said.
It was a tough several days, and it probably took another month or two to get the nap routine really down (inconsistent caregiver techniques), but almost immediately she was sleeping from 8-6. It's been 5 months, and except for minor teething and illness waking, its been great. I don't regret the family bed. It was a special time for us. But when things didn't work, this book really helped us out. She's been well rested and healthy for months now.
If it's time for a change from the family bed, I reccomend this technique. Our night vision camera (and the older age of our daughter) made it obvious to us what was going on in her mind. She did learn to sleep and now will often smile at me and even kiss me through the bars of the crib before I leave the room. She's happy and she knows I will see her in the morning.
Good luck!
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am 4. April 2000
Over a year after picking up Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child I'm writing back to endorse Dr. Weissbluth and his book. I find it interesting to read through the other reviews here and contrast our own experience with the many positive and few negative experiences. For those considering adopting Dr. Weissbluth's methods I offer the following. Our daughter is one of the most happy, well adjusted, and pleasant children I have ever seen. We have received constant compliments since she was very young about how alert she is, as well as how she is always smiling. She has been well ahead of the averages in just about every developmental category (coordination, verbalization, etc.). She has slept regularly through the night during the vast majority of her first year and maintains the schedules outlined in the book. While both my wife and I like to attribute all of this to good genetics, we know a big part of her disposition and development is that she is well rested, and that makes everything else fall into place. This stands in stark contrast to the majority of babies we see who usually appear lethargic in contrast, often looking around with a dull stare without interacting with their surroundings.
The past year has not been without challenges. Early on it took a rough three nights to get her sleeping through the night (meaning 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep). She did this at eight weeks, and my wife was crying along with her; feeling guilty and hurt but unwilling to turn off the baby monitor. On several occasions when travel or illness interrupted the schedule we had to go through the cycle again, though with each cycle she had an easier time getting back on schedule. The effects of not getting enough sleep are obvious; she gets passive, cranky, and is visibly not herself. At one year of age she has no problem sleeping a straight 12 hours each night (7pm-7am) plus 2 naps each day (1-2 hours each). Again, we have to be conscious of her schedule and plan our activities around those times. Following the schedule is a decision we have made and are fortunate to (for the most part) be able to accommodate. None of this is cruel, harsh, or about abandoning your child. It is about being the adult in the relationship; planning and caring for your child not just for today but for the future. Raising a child is not as simple as reading an instruction manual or cooking from a recipe so expecting exact step by step instructions is not reasonable, but the book has more than enough guidelines to get you there.
We are also fortunate enough to have Dr. Weissbluth as our pediatrician and I can tell you that he is easily the nicest, most gentle and understanding doctor in the world. The dictionary should have his picture next to the word 'Grandfather'. Dr. Weissbluth's warmth and understanding have been especially important to my wife who has been the one to really put his teachings to the test.
One last note - we get the occasional "you are really lucky" comment. We don't buy it for a minute. Our daughter is a terrific little girl because we consciously work at it and follow the guidelines in the book. The last thing any new parent needs is yet another piece of advice (you get it from everyone, right?), but do yourself a favor and check out this book.
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am 20. Juli 2000
It seems that most readers agree that this is a great book; and they are right! Some parents disagree with Dr Weissbluth's methods and that is ok. Not every child displays the same patterns as others. However, you are not being cruel when you teach an infant how to go to sleep by him/herself. The love and comfort you give during their waking hours is more than adequate to make up for any guilt you might feel. Trust me!
I can say this, my wife and I have a young son who is extremely well-rested, attentative and happy. He rarely cries and has slept through the night since we started using this book (at four months). Everywhere we go together (I am a stay-at-home Dad), we receive compliments on how good Michael is and how happy he is. I have bought five copies for friends and family and they all agree . . . this book works.
Nature versus Nurture. Some babies may not due well with these methods, but I think the majority of children will have no problems and will be better for it. One of the most poignant remarks Dr Weisbluth makes is that adults who are poor sleepers were, generally, poor infant/child sleepers. You decide, but I cannot recommend this book enough. It is the most important parenting book that I have ever read.
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am 10. November 2015
This book saved my life. First of all Marc Weissbluth showed compassion for those misfortunate parents who have babies that cry a lot and cannot sleep. All parents are sleep deprived and stressed when they have a baby. But until you have lived through the experience of having a baby (and I had twins) that cries endlessly and cannot sleep at night, no one can understand how the mother of such a child might feel. I thought I was going to die and could see no end in sight to the endless torture of day long crying and horror nights. This book made me realise that indeed it is not normal for babies to cry for more than 3 hours a day (as my doctor would have had me believe) and that the exhaustion I was feeling did not compare to the exhaustion of a mother with normal babies. Apparently only 9% of babies fall into the category of my babies. Marc desribes how any fussy baby creates stressed parents who then become incapable of soothing their babies that then cry even more. It is a vicious circle. So allowing mothers to rest is crucial. Just hearing that, helped reduce stress in me. He describes the mechanics of sleep very well and helped focus my mind on what I needed to do in order to restore order to my 8 months old twins lives and by extension mine. Just for example hearing that you should never wake a sleeping child. Another book I read said to wake babies up after they had slept more than 45 minutes in the morning. It didn't feel right, but I thought that is what I needed to do so that the babies could sleep properly at lunch and then at night. So unwittingly I had been contributing to the exhaustion of my babies. I did follow Marc's advise and I let my babies cry it out, because I had no choice. I had become so exhausted, I had no energy to keep on living let alone console 2 crying babies. I am glad I did. My babies were crying their lungs out for at least an hour each time I put them to sleep for the first couple of days, but last night, they only whined for less than 20 minutes. And this morning for the first time I was able to put them both for their morning nap with relatively little fussing. Not even a week has passed and now I have more energy to devote to my beautiful babies. I know there will be set backs, but I feel that I have a much better understanding of the sleep needs of babies and just knowing that I am not a bad mother for being unable to sooth my twins for exhaustion or for not being able to do anything else other than let them cry, makes me want to cry from relief. So hats off to Mar Weissbluth. Thanks for your help...
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am 12. Februar 1999
A friend gave us this book and we set it aside as Dr. W. believes that until a child is four months old, natural sleep rythms guide napping and nighttime sleep. We picked it up when our daughter was three months old and have followed his advice to the letter. Our daughter, at nearly 8 months, takes two, 2-3 hour naps, goes to bed at 7:30 and sleeps until 6 or 6:30. She rarely awakens in the night, and if she does we can link it back to poor napping.
Dr. W's advice that young infants need to nap every 2-3 hours works so well that our daycare provider borrowed the book to deal with a child whose parents said he didn't need naps at eight months old. (This little boy demanded to be held all day and fussed even while being held.) Now the little boys naps along with our daughter. And our daycare provider has become the consultant to other daycare providers in the area. She's bought her own copy of the book and believes it works. So do we.
We are so thankful someone gave us this gift. Otherwise we would have done as so many couples do and just hauled our daughter around with us as we lived our actives lives, allowing her to catnap in the car or stroller when she had a chance.
Every few months we pull the book out to see what stage we are likely to face next and what Dr. W. recommends. He hasn't been wrong yet. Plus, since our baby sleeps so much, her immunities remain strong and she has only had two colds since beginning full-time daycare in September.
Now this is our gift of choice for our friends. It is our gift to their baby and to them. Well rested parents make for happy parents!
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am 16. September 1999
In our house, we simply call this "The book"; it's my standard present to everyone I know who becomes a parent. As a new parent, it's all too easy to assume that when your baby or toddler is tired, they'll sleep, and that the more tired they are, the better they'll sleep. It may seem counter-intuitive, but this is dead wrong. I found this book when my first child was eight months old and had recently undergone a change of personality; my sweet, easy baby who could play by himself for long stretches had become demanding, needing to be constantly amused and diverted. He matched Dr Weissbluth's description of a chronically sleep-deprived child perfectly. I gritted my teeth and tried Weissbluth's advice, and magically had my easy baby back again. We've followed the advice of "the book" with each of our three children now, and by 8:00 every night they are all peacefully asleep, with not a peep out of them until the next morning.
I've read many books related to childcare. This is the only one I believe in 100 percent. Throw out what everyone else has to say about sleep (even Dr. William Sears, whose approach I otherwise whole-heartedly endorse) and buy this book and follow its advice. You'll be grateful you did for years to come.
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