Monday, May 17, 2010

Review #65: The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook by Kim West

Title: The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook
Author: Kim West (The Sleep Lady)
Publisher: Easton Studio Press
Genre: Parenting
Format: Review Copy from Publisher
ISBN: 978-0979824-86-9
Price/Pages: $13.95/112
Release Date: Out in Stores

My Description and Review:

The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook is a very short, sweet, to-the-point sleep guide for parents of children birth to five years. As a parent, the one thing I don't have is a lot of time, especially to sit and read a lengthy book on how to solve my child's sleep problems. I would probably just take my own sleep over that! Though still, I am a parenting book junkie!

This book has what I need as a parent. Simple instructional chapters, charts in back to log your progress and lots of real life examples. My son is two now and this book would have been helpful when he was an infant. It gives you age specific tips to help your child sleep through the night and through their naps. It also educates you as to how much sleep children need and the different types of sleep. This was helpful to me now.

During a busy day, you sometimes only get a half hour nap in the car and think that your child will sleep better and longer because of the lack of nap. This is not true! (and I have come to find out from my own experience!). Children need to enter a deep sleep in order for it to be quality sleep. Quality over Quantity is better ultimately. So a nap in the car with motion causes them to not sleep as heavily as they need.

Tips like this and mock schedules to follow really make this book a must for any parent. I don't think you need to have sleep issues to benefit from this one. You may think you have it all down but she also brings up some common seemingly positive parenting practices that could affect your child's sleep behavior. (rocking your child to sleep or letting your child sleep with you).
It's easy for parents to get comfortable with soothing their child at every moment because it works! But ultimately the author shows you how important it is to let your child control their sleep behavior and develop those soothing and comforting abilities on their own.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me a copy to read and review. As a mom of a toddler, I am always looking for any parenting tips and help!

Rating: 5 stars/ 6 stars
Because of its simplistic Workbook style, this is an easy instructional read for parents. It is matter of fact and easy to follow and to relate to. I rate this book a 5, highly recommended for parents of young children. Even if you do not have any sleep issues in your household, it is still helpful with understanding some basic needs of children.

Author Profile:
Kim West (The Sleep Lady), LCSW-C has helped thousands of tired parents all over the world gently and effectively teach their babies and children how to go to sleep and stay asleep. West as appeared on Dr. Phil, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, TLC and Good Morning America. She is also the author of 52 Sleep Secrets for babies.
Visit her on her on the web at

Happy Reading, and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Tales of Whimsy said...

Great review. Sounds like something I should recommend to my sister in law (she's a new mom).

Unknown said...

I forwarded this review to a friend of mine with a nine month old who still has not slept through the night. Thanks!

Missy B. said...

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Have a great day!