book is particularly personal to me as it has saved my sanity and finally got
my toddler, husband and myself sleeping soundly through the night without
disturbance (most of the time at least!). When this manuscript landed in my
inbox I was intrigued to act as guinea pig. Broken from almost hourly interruptions
for my sleep-deprived toddler, I had tried almost every form of sleep
‘education’ and in desperation had even hired a sleep consultant at one point.
Each new approach came with the vow that within weeks (some even promised days)
my toddler would be happily practising the 7pm-7am model. While these ‘magic’
solutions I shelled out for time and time again often did offer an initial
improvement, before long, we’d be back to the usual pattern of frequent waking
throughout the night and hideously early starts to the day, usually around
So before I considered publishing It’s Never Too Late to Sleep Train, I wanted to test-drive it myself. It’s a competitive market for books like these so I needed to know it actually works. What becomes immediately clear is the author’s reassuring expert voice, backed by many years as a paediatric doctor specializing in infant sleep at Yale’s Sleep Centre in the US . Built on clinical research combined with experience treating a vast number of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, in addition to sharing the sleep issues his own children have endured, this sleep plan is the most convincing I’ve seen. Rooted in Dr Canapari’s evidence-based approach, is the power of habit. The more we practise and enforce habits, the easily they will stick.
sleep is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children as it forms an
integral part of their development. You will see for yourself, the sleep plan
is easy to implement and throughout the book, Dr Canapari calmly advises how to
implement strategies, ensuring your child gets the sleep they need to grow. He
provides practical solutions too for those of us who inhabit small spaces,
where children share bedrooms or live in noisy neighbourhoods. It also offers
ideas for children living across more than one home. There are practical tips
for night-weaning (whether breast- or bottle-fed) for those whose babies are
ready for that stage and guidance for dealing with older kids desperate to
avoid their own beds in favour of their parents’. It’s a one-stop-shop for
developing a routine best suited to your family’s unique set-up.
week after we started the plan, the difference in my whole family’s sleep is
hard to convey without resorting to hyperbole. Several months later, the effects
are still in place. My toddler is less cranky during the day and so am I!