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Publisher's Summary

The Gentle Sleep Book offers gentle, no-tears sleep solutions for exhausted parents of newborns to five-year-olds.

A large percentage of parents find their young children's sleep - or lack of - challenging. This new book from Sarah Ockwell-Smith, founder of BabyCalm, will be an indispensable guide for parents, whatever challenges they are facing with their child's sleep - from the day they bring their newborn home until their child is settled in at school.

Examining everything from frequent night waking in babyhood through bedwetting in toddlerhood to nightmares and refusal to go to bed in preschoolers, this audiobook provides extensive scientific and anecdotal information plus plenty of gentle suggestions to help everyone get a good night's sleep.

This is a gentle, evidence-based approach that doesn't involve leaving a baby to cry or shutting a sobbing child in his or her bedroom.

©2016 Sarah Ockwell-Smith (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Sleep is not a battle. It's a balance, and in this book Sarah helps parents find that balance...the practical advice [in her BEDTIME acronym] for real situations is very helpful." ( Juno)

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Every New Parent Should Read This

Clear, easy to follow, sound advice.
I wish we were given this when our baby was born. Even more I wish every parent who was told to let their baby cry it out (I was, many times) read this and told those "advisers" how wrong they are.
Beautiful book that will change my family life.
Well done!

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A must read for anyone caring for children!

This was a fabulous book and so helpful. I'm a Birth Boot Camp Instructor and mom of 2, and purchased this for help with my youngest who is currently bedsharing. I will recommend this to my students as well, and honestly to anyone caring for children, especially those who are with them in the evening and at nap times. I must listen again to retain all of her helpful information.

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A waste of money and time.

If you want a book to tell you to accept that you will not sleep for the first 5 years of your life and there is basically nothing you can do about it, this book is for you. There are some basic tips that may slightly help with sleep but they are, in my opinion, so obvious that it is offensive to hear it from third party and have it presented as though this is helpful or new information.

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  • Patrick
  • Seattle, wa United States
  • 02-12-18

It's fine but not much about 2-4 years

What did you like best about The Gentle Sleep Book? What did you like least?

There is some good information in this book, especially on babies and newborns. Information we wish we had for our first daughter and had figured out by our second.

There really isn't much content for 2 -4 year old despite saying "and Pre-schoolers". Which was why I had purchased it, so pretty disappointed. Lot of repeating. The last third seems as much self praise (or at least replied letters on how good the advice was, which filled a lot of time and wasn't useful) as actual advice. Started fast forwarding towards this point.

There seems to be differences between US pediatric practices verses UK pediatric practices, so how do you know what's best? And honestly the one thing she drills on is "go with your instincts and not what people are telling you". I agree with this concept.

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  • Ex-Ordinary Life
  • 01-09-17

Loved the book

I thoroughly enjoyed The Gentle Sleep Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith. There's so much great info in there. It's well presented. As a Mum to two young children, I prefer to parent along the lines of attachment parenting and so this book was perfect for me.

I found the narrator to be a little robotic, though, so it was slightly off-putting at first, but I got over it!

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  • Katharina Psihoda
  • 02-23-18

Really enjoined it

Good useful book with gentle and useful advise. Really enjoined listening to the reader's voice.

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  • Annie
  • 02-02-18

Gentle parenting support for better baby and children sleep

Gentle sleep tips - helps you adjust expectations and seek gentle practical ways to condition better sleep. Doesn't promise miracles but puts it in your hands to create a 6 week action plan with a few simple tools you can use. There are different chapters relating to ages up to age 5years that makes it even more specific - I have dipped into the ages I need but can revisit older as needed.

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  • Anais
  • 10-19-17

Useful and informative<br />

You'll find some good advice and things to try, it's an OK book. not my favorite thou.

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  • M. V
  • 04-09-17

Excellent book

I loved this book - it is perfect for those parents who do not want to go down the cry it out way or any other method which simply doesn't feel right. This is very gentle and gives you an understanding of what your baby may be going through and may need. There is no magic solution - many times it may be that our expectations are simply not realistic, but it gives you a lot of useful tips to implement which I found feasible, gentle and which did make a difference. Totally recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-18

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it was easy to listen to and follow. I could also forward through the chapters to find relevant information for myself and my family. some good tips to implement

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  • christy zhang
  • 05-02-18

The live with it approach

My take of this book is if you do:
- bed sharing
- adjust your expectations
- diet well
- get a comforter
- reduce screen time
- look after yourself
Then, if you are still sleep deprived just live with it. Because that's normal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-18

essential for all parents

finally an evidence based sleep guide that supports parents and children to thrive and connect