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Is this the right book for me? Designed for the very many parents of babies with sleeping difficulties, this is a practical, solution-focused and objective guide to helping your baby get the rest they need. This book gives you the tools you need to find the solution that most suits you, whatever the difficulty. It draws on the very latest research and clinical expertise to address the needs of babies at each stage of early development, offering case studies, tips and helping you to devise a sleep plan with which you feel truly comfortable. It will address a variety of different special needs, from colic to night terrors in older toddlers, and will also provide welcome support for other carers and family members, from babysitters and childminders to grandparents and siblings. Written by a qualified health visitor and independent sleep expert with a proven track record, it will enable all parents to regain a sense of empowerment, motivation and emotional wellbeing and - even more importantly - help babies to get the rest they need, when they need it. Andrea Grace's Gentle Sleep Solutions includes: Chapter 1: Sleep: the facts and background The nature of your baby's sleep REM and NREM sleep REM sleep in babies NREM sleep in babies The sleep cycles Biological clock How much sleep do babies need? Chapter 2: What every baby needs for a good night's sleep Bed-time routines Getting the timing right Sleep triggers Bath time Other sleep cues Safe sleeping for babies: how to reduce the risk of cot death Day-time naps Does your child have a sleep problem? Chapter 3: Sleep advice for the first six months Nought to six weeks Six weeks to four months Four to six months Why do babies cry? Coping with a crying baby How to settle a crying baby during the night Babies who will sleep only in your arms Feeding at night - to feed or not to feed? Chapter 4: Sleep advice for six- to twelve-month old babies Is your baby still waking during the night? Teething Becoming more mobile What do I do if my baby won't lie down? Separation anxiety Why won't my baby sleep in her cot? Introducing solids Day-time naps between six and twelve months The older baby who will sleep only in your bed Dropping night breast feeds Dropping night bottle feeds Chapter 5: Sleep advice for one- to two-year-olds Suddenly refusing to go to bed The changing face of day-time naps The great dummy debate Babies who have good settling skills but still wake during the night Early waking Climbing out of the cot Chapter 6: Family life Brothers and sisters Bringing up your baby alone Twins and triplets Adopted babies A guide for grandparents...and sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and best friends How does paid childcare fit into the picture Chapter 7: Special babies Teething Colic Reflux Head banging Vomiting Eczema Babies with longer-term medical conditions Chapter 8: Getting ready for change Keeping a sleep diary What kind of a sleep problem does your baby have...and why? Aiming for a goal Getting motivated Taking care of the practicalities...and caring for yourself Chapter 9: Taking control and helping your baby to sleep well Choosing the method that will work for you Designing your baby's sleep plan Making it work A word about naps and timing Evaluating your success and getting the support you need What if your sleep plan hasn't worked? Chapter 10: Keeping on the right track Going on holiday Moving house A new baby in the family Your own sleep needs Enjoying the fruits of your success ...Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.