The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook review (& giveaway)

The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook is the companion to the best selling book, Good Night, Sleep Tight, by The Sleep Lady, Kim West. I was sent this workbook for review as part of the book tour–I’ve never read the companion book and while the workbook does reference it once in awhile, you definitely don’t have to have it. The workbook stands alone just fine!

It’s a step by step guide, organized by age and process. It has an essential to-do list, sleep plans, tear out sleep logs, sleep manner sticker charts, daily reminders and tips and a certification of completion–because when you’re done you will want to celebrate! (For real, I’ll probably have it framed, haha) 😉

As soon as I starting reading this book I wanted to start trying out its suggestions. At first I freaked out that we were “too late” with Ryan, but as I read more (and discussed it with mamas on twitter), I realized that Ryan is still really young. Even the workbook mentions most things to begin at 6 months of age (Ryan is only 4 mo). While I plan on doing what works for us and not stressing about a schedule or what we should do according to someone else, this book was really informative and I absolutely learned a lot. Even my husband read the whole thing and he swears by it now! He watches Ryan while I’m at work and said this book has made Ryan and himself much happier. Which makes mama happy 🙂

What’d we learn? Most importantly, that sleep cycles change at around 30 minutes. Seriously, we never knew that. So we were thinking Ryan was awake from his nap and we’d wonder why he was so cranky (all the time), lol. Now we know that he was just startled from sleep and needs to be put back down. It has worked wonders. He takes 2 hour naps now–which saves our sanity too 🙂 I also learned how important routine is. I’m being honest when I say this book has improved all 3 of our lives just over the last week–and we aren’t even following everything suggested.

No worries, cry-it-out is not a method used in this book! It has tips and tricks for dealing with crying babies. It has helped both Steve and I become more confident and it will be a HUGE help when Ryan gets a little bit older.

CHAPTERS:
1- Before you begin sleep coaching
2- Age-specific sleep averages and typical day schedules
3- The Sleep Lady Shuffle
4- Nap coaching
5- How to eliminate nighttime feeding during the Shuffle
6- Putting an end to co-sleeping*
7- Creating your plan
8- Implementing your plan: step-by-step shuffle outline for a baby or a child in a crib
9- Implementing your plan: step-by-step shuffle outline for a child in a bed
10- Troubleshooting
11- Sleep logs, sleep manner chart, and certification of completion
12- Resources

*I want to point out that the book isn’t against co-sleeping. I got worried when I saw the title of that chapter because we co-sleep and love it. What the chapter does is explain how to make the transfer to your child’s own room when you’re ready. And I’m sure when the time comes, I’ll use this book as a guide.

About the author: Kim West is a mother of two and a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) who has been a practicing child and family social worker for more than sixteen years. Known as The Sleep Lady® by her clients, over the past twelve years she has helped thousands of tired parents all over the world learn to listen to their intuition, recognize their child’s important cues and behaviors, and gently create changes that promote and preserve his or her healthy sleep habits.

West has appeared on the Dr. Phil, Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby and CNN, and has been written about in a number of publications including The Wall Street JournalAssociated Press, Baby Talk,  ParentingThe Baltimore Sun, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Irish Independent and the Washington Post. West hosts the sleep section of The Newborn Channel, played in maternity wards in hospitals across the country.

Sign up for Kim West’s FREE email newsletter, Snoozeweek: The Sleep Lady

You can buy this workbook for just $10 on Amazon: Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook: The Sleep Lady’s Gentle Step-by-step Guide for Tired Parents.

AND, lucky for all of you, a copy of this book is being donated to my fundraising giveaway for Cora’s Story! Make a monetary donation to Cora’s Story to raise awareness about CHD and you’re entered in a raffle for tons of great prizes, this book included. It was really kind and generous for them to donate this book!

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