Are you sleep deprived? Exhausted from being up with your child all night? Do you just want to know the secret to getting your kid to finally sleep through the night?
This is the area where I've struggled most as a parent, and have probably read the most. If you're desperate for some much needed sleep, aren't sure where you're going wrong with your child's sleep routine, or if you just want some tips for creating good sleep habits, take a look at the books in the list below.
A personal note: I want you to know that there's no magic answer to getting a child to sleep, and every child is different. There are some naturally good sleepers out there, and there are other kids who never want to stop, have a fear of missing out, or just want to cuddle and be close at all times. Try to avoid the temptation to blame yourself if you have a “challenging” sleeper. Trust your instincts and experiment as needed with these resources.
Disclosure: Please note that the books referenced below link directly to the book on Amazon. At no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase using these links. Please understand that I have read every one of these books, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
The SleepEasy Solution: The Exhausted Parents' Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep from Birth to Age Five, by Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivak
Bedtiming: The Parents Guide to Getting your Child to Sleep at Just the Right Age, by Marc Lewis, Ph.D. and Isabela Granic
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night, by Elizabeth Pantley
Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems, by Richard Ferber M.D.
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Marc Weissbluth, M.D.
The Dream Sleeper: A Three-Part Plan for Getting Your Baby to Love Sleep, by Connor Herman and Kira Ryan
Sleepless in America: Is Your Child Misbehaving, or Missing Sleep, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka