“The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight” by Kim West, LCSW-C

"The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight" by Kim West, LCSW-CTitle: The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy
Author: Kim West, LCSW-C with Joanne Kenen
ISBN: 978-1593155582
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Genre: Reference
Published: December 22, 2009
Length: 440 Pages
Price: $15.95
Paperback

From the Publisher:

Kim West, LCSW-C, known as The Sleep Lady®, has developed a gentle and effective approach to helping infants and young children learn to put themselves to sleep without letting them “cry it out”—an option that is not comfortable for many parents.

My Review:

Plain and simple. The Sleep Lady is my hero. Hero, people. Do you understand me?

For those of you who do not follow my personal blog, I have two little girls. They are 2 and 3 years old with only 15 months separating them. I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in 2 or 3 years. These girls, while they are magnificent children, are simply not the greatest of bedtime goers. I have never had a problem with them sleeping through the night…With the exception of a few months here and there where 2 am seems to be the time of choice for tears. Where I have problems is bedtime itself. Getting those butts in bed without tears and huge productions.

I actually planned on giving Good Night, Sleep Tight to my boss who, just the other day, asked me how she can get her newborn to sleep better. She was going to be my reviewer for this book. But, I thought I should read some of it, too to see just how wacky this “Sleep Lady” was (no parenting book is that good, right?). I read everything I needed to know that night. She had entire sections devoted to exactly what I never knew I needed. Special sections for my girls’ ages (1 1/2 to 2 1/2 year olds and 2 1/2 to five year olds) were like the clouds parting and rays of sunlight straight from God.

I’m not going to spill all of The Sleep Lady’s advice…you’ll have to buy the book yourself for that. What I will say is that last night, for the first time in as long as I can remember, my girls went to bed without a fuss. No tears. No pleading. No stalling. And then….they slept until seven in the morning. You have no idea what that means. Normally, we are up and at it by five. Seven is like sleeping until noon as far as I’m concerned.

And so I say “Thank You” to the Sleep Lady. She is my hero.

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