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261653 ML Algebra1 2007I wasn’t so sure when I saw the title of the book, “Sweet Sleep.”

Great. Another book about sleep by “experts,” I thought. Many of the books published these days tend to be variations of Ferber and Cry it Out. You know the advice that goes something like, “be sure to put towels down in your child’s crib because he’ll cry so hard he’ll vomit…” After almost four years of being a mom, I don’t need to read any more of that crap. No one does. I am confident that I’m the expert when it comes to my kids.
But then I realized Sweet Sleep was a La Leche League book. Forward by Mayim Bialik! One of the writers is Teresa Pitman?! Maybe there was something to be learned. Suddenly, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on what I was sure would finally be a great book about sleep! And oh, it is fabulous!
Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime strategies for the breastfeeding family, validates many of the decisions Papa and I have made as parents. Which feels great. There are real experts out there, that I respect, telling us everything we thought about sleep, nighttime parenting, all-night nursing etc. is okay. It’s more than okay. We’ve even done right by our kids! Thank you, Sweet Sleep.
This book shows parents safe ways to cosleep and bedshare. Because, let’s be honest–breastfeeding and bedsharing go so perfectly together. The book sets parents up with practical tips for making their rooms night-feeding friendly. Nightlight, water, diapers! There are even photos in this book of mamas nursing in bed! Here, moms! This is how to nurse side lying. Not only is this not dangerous, it’s beneficial! There is also plenty of info on sidecars– a nice compromise to bed sharing, or a way to extend the family bed.
I especially love the gentle way the book talks about the dangers of sleep training. It doesn’t shame the parent who’s experimented with these techniques but it clearly outlines the stress this causes to baby. A refreshing read for an attached parent trapped under a library of books that encourage CIO.
Sweet Sleep is something I would give as a Christmas or baby shower gift. I’d have loved a copy when Bug was about to join our family. And definitely before Babe was here. We’d have been a little less terrified to dive into all the things that felt natural to us. You can purchase Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family on Amazon.ca.
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