A research-based guide to helping children do what comes naturally - sleep through the night. Many parents feel pressured to 'train' babies and young children to sleep. Sometimes hours are spent rocking, singing, and coaxing. But kids don't need to be trained - they're built to sleep. Over time, all that cajoling can have the opposite effect to what is desired. Problems can arise when parents (with the best of intentions) overhelp or 'helicopter parent' at night, overshadowing their baby's biological ability to sleep well. In The Happy Sleeper, child-sleep experts Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright show parents how to avoid and undo cumbersome sleep habits. They provide guidance on how to be sensitive and nurturing, but also structured, so that your baby or young child can develop the skills they need in order to: * fall asleep independently * sleep through the night * take healthy naps * acquire natural, optimal sleep patterns for day and night. Using these methods, parents can guide their children in learning how to soothe themselves to sleep - putting kids (and the whole family) on track to a full night's sleep.
Heather Turgeon, MFT, is a psychotherapist who writes about child development and parenting. Her writing has appeared on Babble (as the long-running 'Science of Kids' column), Salon, The Daily Beast, and others, and she has covered the topic of sleep for many outlets, including as a science writer for the National Sleep Foundation. Heather lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two little ones - both of whom are happy sleepers. Julie Wright, MFT, is one of Los Angeles' best-known parenting group leaders, and has taught thousands of moms in her popular Wright Mommy and Me groups at the celebrated Pump Station & Nurtury. Julie is a psychotherapist whose work focuses on empathic, mindful parenting; attachment, and sleep. She has specialised training and experience in the 0-to-3 years, interning at Cedars Sinai Early Childhood Center and LA Child Guidance Clinic. Julie lives in Los Angeles with her son, and visits her East Coast family often