I came across The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program: Follow Your Child’s Natural Sleep Rhythms for Better Nights and Naps by Polly Moore when purchasing another copy of Elizabeth Pantley’s The No-Cry Sleep Solution for a friend expecting a baby. (The No Cry Sleep Solution is a standard baby gift of mine)
I am so glad that I found this hidden gem. I really don’t know why more parents are not talking about this book!
The science and theory that Moore uses is really interesting and I couldn’t wait for my baby to arrive so I could see her theory was more than just another “sleep solution” gimmick.
Well, Jeremiah is now 8 weeks old and I can say that in the last week or so, his 90 minute clock has begun to show itself.
His schedule for the past week or so has been something a bit like this:
- Wake for the day 7am/7:30am
- Down for first nap of the day by 8:30am/9am. This nap is a short one, about 30 -45 minutes.
- Wake from nap about 9/9:30am
- Down for nap #2 about 10:30/11am. This nap is a little longer, at least an hour.
- Wake from nap #2 about noon.
- Down for nap #3 by 1:30/2pm
And so on. So, as you can see he does in fact have a 90 minute wakeful period, like Moore describes in her book.
At the heart of Moore’s 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program is her NAPS plan.
“N” is for “note the time of your baby’s last waking”, “A” is for “add 90 minutes”, “P” is for “play or pursue other activities with your baby”, and “S” is for “soothe your baby to sleep”.
I was so happy to find that it wasn’t another spin on the cry it out method and based of some real science.
She does get into what she likes to call “sleep independence” towards the end of the book but advises to wait until your baby is AT LEAST 6 months old and do NOT let you baby fuss or cry for more than 10-15 minutes. If your baby cries and the cries escalate then your baby is not ready for sleep independence and you should wait another month and try again.
The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program is not just about her NAPS plan but about infant sleep overall.
Moore speaks of our sleep deprived generation and how we need to honor our baby’s genuine need for sleep, to make it a priority. She also gives you real science behind her advice and how it pertains to our natural internal clock.
Yet another brilliant thing about this book is in its presentation. It is spiral bound! So you can actually read it with one hand, a very big deal when you are trying to hold or feed a baby. And all of this for $9.95 on Amazon.com!
Bottom line, other than the No Cry Sleep Solution, this is THE baby sleep book for ALL new parents to read.
No matter what your parenting philosophy or approach, this book can work for you. In fact, if you are a parent considering letting your baby cry it out, this book will help the process go much easier for your baby and for you. You may even find that crying will not be involved at all if you take Moore’s advice.
How cool would that be? So grab your copy of The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program and get some sleep!
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