This book is really harsh, definitely not something I would recommend. Ferber himself has recanted a lot of the techniques in this book. Cry it out is not the answer, it only teaches your child you are not going to be there when they need you. There are many other options. I would recommend Dr. Elizabeth Pantley or Dr. Jay Gordon's books to try first, they are amazing. PLEASE, for your child, think twice about using this book.
Honestly this book didn't tell me anything I didn't already know... I read this w/my second child and after my first terrible sleeper I pretty much had it covered. This book also talks about sleeping in terms of a function of other behavioral "problems" like bedwetting, colic, etc.
I don't have a child, but I do often have problems sleeping, so I read (most of) this book, hoping it might help me.
I skipped the parts on bedwetting & head banging & other such things that are child-specific.
The book was quite interesting. The discussion at the beginning of different types of sleep was interesting. I knew there were two, I hadn't realized there were stages inside non-REM sleep. The author also described how sleep develops in children--infants sleep differently than adults, not just in quantity but in type.
I was fascinated to learn that the human rhythm is actually 25 hours long, and has to be reset by visual & situational clues every day because the day is only 24 hours long. That's why if you aren't careful you stay up later & get up later.
The book is full of interesting facts, presented well. The main solution for my sleep problems is to actually get my schedule consistent and stick with it. Which I knew. So no magic wand for me, but I enjoyed the parts of the book I read.
Sticking this on my bookshelf for now. I think it's a book I may want to go back to/reference later.
I found this book to be very helpful. We have twins who did not sleep through the night until I read this book and implemented its recommended practices - they were 13 months old at the time, so I wish I'd read it sooner.
I was truly surprised to read these reviews and see that there are people who didn't love this book. It is a Must have!! Tho I have to admit that it can get wordy and repetetive, but all in all, I love it. I borrowed a copy from a friend and now I'm ordering my own to keep on the shelf and refer back to.
I used this book with my first and it worked exactly as promised. However I have continued to use its principles with my next three as well to create a family of great sleepers & no family can ever be truly rested and as a result happy without a good nights sleep for everyone.
This book is awesome! I have 3 kids (who came over the span of 3 1/2 yrs) and used the techniques in this book w/ all of them. I don't think I would be sane right now if I had not! I have friends whose children are 2+ yrs old and still not sleeping through the night-they are pulling their hair out at this point. All of mine have slept through the night (we're talking a consistent 12 hours) starting at around 6 months. I don't understand the negative reviews-all my children are perfectly happy, well-adjusted. Their healthy sleep habits help contribute to that-and I can be a better parent because I am well rested. It's like w/ any aspect of parenting, it's important to set healthy limits. (Obviously, you need to use common sense, and even Ferber admits there are exceptions for when kids are sick, or teething, etc.)