Book Review: Why Your Baby’s Sleep Matters

One of the things that I’ve had most thoughts of trepidation over, and I’m sure it’s the same as most prospective first-time parents, is how on earth we’re going to cope of vastly reduced amounts of sleep once the baby is here. The ladies in our NCT group have even made a group called ‘Zombie Mummies’ in anticipation, for goodness’ sake!

In addition to this, of course we all want the best for our babies, and as they don’t come with a manual, and advice given by former generations seems so, well, harrowing (leave them to cry it out etc etc) I’ve been feeling at a bit of a loss as to how to cope with the whole baby sleep thing.

So I was really interested when Pinter and Martin asked me to review one of their new books, Why Your Baby’s Sleep Matters, by Sarah Ockwell-Smith.

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It’s not a weighty tome by any means; in fact, it’s quite short (160 pages) and is divided into small chapters which makes it a fairly easy read. The thing I liked most about it (and this is probably the teacher and psychology graduate in me!) is that everything Sarah writes is backed up by evidence-based research. Not only that, it’s not preachy in any way. It’s not a manual for ‘how to parent’; it presents the research and risks and benefits of different approaches and leaves you to make up your own mind.

It’s taken me a few weeks to read, but this is mainly because I’m a busy bunny and after reading each chapter, I’ve had a good think about what I’ve read, talked about it with hubby and discussed which approach we think we’d like to take. Of course this may change once baby is here and we consider things in light of having an actual human to look after!

Topics covered include why babies are programmed to wake during the night, how they nap, how feeding can affect babies’ sleep, co-sleeping and bed-sharing, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), coping with exhaustion and, usefully, how to deal with well-meaning but stress-inducing advice from friends and family without upsetting them too much!

Definitely worth a read!

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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Why Your Baby’s Sleep Matters by Sarah Ockwell-Smith for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are my own.

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8 Comments

  1. May 8, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    This book sounds fantastic! It sounds like it covers all the bases, while still remaining short and sweet. I hate reading books that are just full of fluff!
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    • Jules
      May 8, 2016 / 4:06 pm

      Me too! The chapters were just the right length.

  2. May 9, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    I must confess I never read any books before the newborn storm hit, it would have probably been a good idea. My partner an I were talking the other day and we both said, nothing can prepare you for those first weeks, until you’ve gone through it it is so hard to explain. It’s amazing and I was in awe of my little bundle, I could just stare at her but oh my god the tiredness is I comprehensible BUT it does end and it is just a phase, cliche much? The only advice I could really give is accept help if it’s offered and sleep whenever you can lol I think anything else is a ‘whatever works best for you’ kind of thing. Wishing you all the very best for your little arrival. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back again next Sunday xx

    • Jules
      May 9, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you. I’m sure we’ll find our way!

  3. May 10, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Sounds like a really interesting read. I love books about babies that are well-researched and simply informative, rather than preachy! The only real advice I can offer is to trust your gut on what you feel is best for your family, and remember that everything is just a phase, if you go through a bad sleep spell, know that at some point it will get better! x #KCACOLS

    • Jules
      May 10, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      Thank you! Something to hold onto during tough nights! x

  4. May 11, 2016 / 9:17 am

    Sounds like it would be well worth a read…still struggling with sleep at 13 months in so always good to read something that could help! #KCACOLS

    • Jules
      May 11, 2016 / 5:58 pm

      I’m not sure it really helps your baby to sleep, more explains why they’re not! But that in itself might help x

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