I really have enjoyed Elizabeth Pantley’s book the No Cry Sleep Solution.
I hated hearing my boys cry and while I did the Cry It Out with my older 2 boys once they were 1 year old, with Bryson I wanted to do things differently. I found her book very helpful.
Here is an excerpt that we all can learn from!
Early Bedtime Mean Better Sleep
In their efforts to encourage their baby to sleep better, one approach that many parents use is to put their baby to bed later in the evening. They think, “If he’s ‘really tired,’ he’ll sleep better, right?” Wrong! This often backfires because Baby becomes overtired and chronically sleep-deprived.
In the majority of cases, a baby’s biological clock is preset for an early bedtime. When parents work with that time, a baby falls asleep more easily and stays asleep more peacefully. Most babies are primed to go to sleep for the night as early as 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. I often hear about how babies and toddlers have a “meltdown” period at the end of the day, when they get fussy, whiny and out of sorts. I suspect that it’s simply a sign of overtired children longing for sleep.