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Catherine, mama to Preschooler Girl 9/08, and Toddler Boy 3/11
Thanks for your feedback. Without reading the book, I've been doing the ninety minute bit for naps. He's 10 months old, and 90 minutes is too short a time for him to be up, but I find that 3 hours after waking seems to be the magic number for putting him down for a nap.
i don't know if anyone is still paying attention to this thread but i wanted to reply, because I found The 90 minute Sleep program VERY useful in one way (naps) although it is very bad in another (nights).
here is the useful part first - she explained that science tells us that babies' brain activity goes in 90 minute cycles, and so babies need to be napping 90 minutes after they wake up, all day. (during the first 6 months, then they add some longer awake times in multiples of 90 min.) She does not recommend putting the baby on a schedule - you follow the baby's schedule. when baby wakes up from a nap, add 90 minutes to the time and that's when the baby will need the next nap.
I now put my baby to sleep after he's been up for an hour and 25 minutes, and he falls asleep in the sling and never has big meltdowns anymore. I know now that the meltdowns were because he was overtired. Also, I can take him out in public without worrying that he will have a meltdown as long as I watch the clock and then bounce him to sleep in the sling at the right time - which is before he freaks out. so baby is happier and I am happier. maybe some people intuitively know when to put the baby to sleep before they freak out, but I, as a first time mom, never figured it out.
and the bad part - the book recommends cry it out or "fading" (a supposedly more gentle version) when the baby reaches 6 months.
I recommend reading this book in a bookstore (it's short) or getting it from the library. It has some good, gentle science based info about naps and baby sleep cycles. But please ignore the advice about nights and CIO.
It may not be new or earth shattering info about the 90 minute cycles, but this book somehow made me understand them better, more clearly than other books. Yes, it does suggest letting your babies cry but you don't have to do that to get some benefit from the book.
Like pp's have said, it really helped me figure out when to offer naps. And I probably read it somewhere around the time ds wad 9-10mo. Basically the deal is there's a window of opportunity for sleep to come quickly every 90 minutes or in multiples of that. The author suggests, and I found it to be true, that if you offer sleep toward the end of that 90 minute(or 3, 4 1/2, 6 hour) period, the child will likely fall asleep quickly. Past that window of opportunity, it will likely take until the next 90 minute increment has passed. I was finding it was starting to take 45 min- an hour for my ds to
fall asleep. This was unusual for him and frustrating for me, so I saw this book and bought it. It was like the missing piece of the puzzle for me. I knew the signs of my sleepy baby, but I didn't get how to predict when they would
After noticing the time he woke up and figuring put when those 90 minute increments were, I was able to offer naps and bedtime when he would be most likely to fall asleep and it was really helpful. Instead of nursing for an hour before he'd fall asleep, (and feeling frustrated) we were able to nurse briefly and he'd fall asleep within about 10 minutes. So much easier!
Bottom line, I thought it was a really useful book and I just ignored the parts that I didn't like- crying, etc. I just wanted some info about how to predict sleep cycles because I felt like I was missing something and it gave me that.