Dreaming of the first time your baby sleeps through the night? Wish you could get your little one to take longer naps? Wondering if crying it out or co-sleeping is right for you? Check out our top 10 list of best baby sleep book to find the perfect handbook for your situation and parenting style.
Top 10 Best Baby Sleep Book in the UK 2021
1. The Gentle Baby Sleep Book by Sarah Ockwell Smith
Sarah Ockwell-Smith is a mama of four young children, and has qualifications in psychology. Following the birth of her firstborn, Sarah trained as a HypnoBirthing antenatal teacher and birth and postnatal doula. In addition, Sarah has undertaken training in baby massage, hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. Sarah is also the founder of BabyCalm, an award-winning company offering support and classes to new parents. In The Gentle Baby Sleep Book, Sarah covers everything you can imagine about baby sleep in the early years.
No matter if you’re concerned about frequent night waking during babyhood, or don’t know what to do about bedwetting in toddlerhood… this baby sleep book has you covered. The Gentle Baby Sleep Book will help everyone get a good night’s sleep. And it’ll do this with both extensive scientific and anecdotal information, as well as plenty of gentle suggestions.
If you value a gentle, evidence-based approach that doesn’t involve leaving a baby to cry, this baby sleep book is for you.
2. Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby.
Another book that I highly recommend if sleep training your baby is of interest to your family is Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby. Initially I thought this was a straight up sleep training book. But after reading it, I was most excited to have new tactics that helped me calm and soothe Gemma when she was crying. In addition to those calming strategies, Tracy Hogg teaches the E.A.S.Y. routine which is great for families who want a routine, but don’t like the idea of a “schedule” in the Babywise sense. If I had only read this book, I don’t know if it would have resulted in Gemma sleeping through the night, or once and for all conquering nap time. But because I had my mind made up on Baby Wise already, I was able to use Tracy Hogg’s 4 S wind down as part of our nighttime routine and fall back on the E.A.S.Y. routine when we weren’t able to quite yet keep a schedule. Give this book a read, especially if you don’t think you’re ready to let your baby cry alone, or you’re not liking the idea of a ‘schedule’.
3. The Happiest Baby on the Block
In this landmark book by Dr. Harvey Karp, he shares his revolutionary techniques for soothing newborn babies and increasing their sleep. He explains concepts such as the “fourth trimester”, during which infants still desire a womb-like atmosphere to feel safe and soothed, and the 5 S’s—swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging, and sucking. With insights into infant sleep, bedsharing, breastfeeding, and swaddling, this book is packed with sensible and practical advice to help your little one become the happiest, and hopefully most well-rested, baby on the block.
While this book isn’t necessarily a sleep training book, it will help you calm a fussy baby in no time. Many first time parents have found this book very useful and use many of the tips for their next children as well.
4. Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall
If you are into strict routines and controlled methods, then the best baby sleep book to outline this is Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall. The secret to this book is to strictly follow the routines exactly…And that’s why I sucked at it. Totally and utterly sucked. I am not very good at sticking to routines; especially when siblings came along and older kids had different routines on different days (and a whole bunch of other excuses). It simply didn’t work. However, four out of six in our parents’ group swore by this book. And look, there are plenty of variations of the “controlled responses and strict routines” approach to baby-sleeping, however, this book is the stand-out title. This is not just rituals; this is strict regular consistent routine. If you are confident in your ability to stick to routines, this could be the book for you.
5. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
“Overall, I think this is a very helpful book, with a lot of good information about how a baby’s sleep develops at various ages. I really like how informative this book is, in general – Dr. Weissbluth is great about providing you with the facts. Not everyone will like that, but ‘info nerds’ like me sure will! I also like that it talks about temperament, therefore indicating that all babies are different and there is no one size fits all approach. Obviously, I agree with that take on baby and toddler sleep completely!
6. The Sleepeasy Solution: The Exhausted Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep from Birth to Age 5 Paperback
In this much-needed, family-friendly guide, weary parents will learn to define their own individual sleep goals, those that work for their family’s schedule and style. They’ll create a customized “sleep planner” to ensure consistency with both parents as well as extended caregivers. (As an added bonus, they’ll even improve the readers’ relationships with their spouses with the “marriage-saver” section.) With comprehensive sections devoted to each stage of Baby’s and Toddler’s development, plus solutions to special circumstances like traveling, daylight saving’s time, moving to a “big kid bed” and multiples, The Sleepeasy Solution is a dream come true!
7. Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old: A Step-by-Step Plan for Baby Sleep Success
There is no bigger issue for healthy infants than sleeping through the night. In this simple, straightforward book, Suzy Giordano presents her amazingly effective “Limited- Crying Solution” that will get any baby to sleep for twelve hours at night—and three hours in the day—by the age of twelve weeks old.
Giordano is the mother of five children and one of the most sought-after baby sleep specialists in the country. The Washington Post calls her a baby sleep “guru” and “an underground legend in the Washington area for her ability to teach newborns how to achieve that parenting nirvana: sleeping through the night.” Her sleep plan has been tested with singletons, twins, triplets, babies with special needs, and colicky babies—and it has never failed.
Whether you are pregnant, first-time parents, or parents who seek a different path with your second or third child, anyone can benefit from the Baby Coach’s popular system of regular feeding times, twelve hours of sleep at night and three hours of sleep during the day, and the peace of mind that comes with taking the parent and child out of a sleep- deprived world.
8. Sleeping Through the Night, Revised Edition: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Drawing on her 25-plus years of experience in the assessment and treatment of common sleep problems in children, Dr. Jodi A. Mindell provides tips and techniques, the answers to commonly asked questions, and case studies and quotes from parents who have successfully solved their children’s sleep problems. Unlike other books on the subject, Dr. Mindell also offers practical tips on bedtime, rather than middle-of-the-night-sleep training, and shows how all members of the family can cope with the stresses associated with teaching a child to sleep.
9. Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems: New, Revised, and Expanded Edition
The completely revised and updated edition of the all-time bestselling book on children’s sleep problems, with important new insights and solutions from Dr. Richard Ferber, the nation’s leading authority on children’s sleep problems.
Does your child have difficulty falling asleep? Wake in the middle of the night? Suffer sleep terrors, sleepwalking, or nighttime fears? Have difficulty waking for school or staying awake in class? Snore, wet the bed, or head bang?
In the first major revision of his bestselling, groundbreaking classic since it was published, Dr. Richard Ferber, the nation’s foremost authority on children’s sleep problems, delivers safe, sound ideas for helping your child fall and stay asleep at night and perform well during the day.
10. The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
A breakthrough approach for a good night’s sleep–with no tears
There are two schools of thought for encouraging babies to sleep through the night: the hotly debated Ferber technique of letting the baby “cry it out,” or the grin-and-bear-it solution of getting up from dusk to dawn as often as necessary. If you don’t believe in letting your baby cry it out, but desperately want to sleep, there is now a third option, presented in Elizabeth Pantley’s sanity-saving book The No-Cry Sleep Solution.
Pantley’s successful solution has been tested and proven effective by scores of mothers and their babies from across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Based on her research, Pantley’s guide provides you with effective strategies to overcoming naptime and nighttime problems. The No-Cry Sleep Solution offers clearly explained, step-by-step ideas that steer your little ones toward a good night’s sleep–all with no crying.
How to get baby to sleep through the night
1. Establish a bedtime routine.
2. Teach your baby to self-soothe, which means trying your best to soothe them less.
3. Start weaning the night feedings.
4. Follow a schedule.
5. Keep a calming ambiance.
6. Stick to an appropriate bedtime.
7. Be patient.
Despite reading countless books about babies and sleep, I remained desperate for answers. Not until I read and applied (and even wrote!) these baby sleep books did I find them.
And hopefully they’ll also give you the solution you’re looking for. No more middle of the night carrying the baby in one arm and reading with the other. Instead, you’ll get the sleep you and your baby have always wanted.