With her latest offering in her ‘No Cry’ series of books, Elizabeth Pantley has struck gold. This book is destined to become a classic for families looking for no-cry solutions with their new born. A serious contender to be added to every suggested reading list for soon-to-be parents.
Yes, I would advocate reading this BEFORE your new-born arrives, but that said, I particularly like the structure of the book, which is designed to give maximum benefit to those new parents, struggling with something specific about their newborns sleep routine. The main body of the book is divided into ‘keys’ so having scrolled through the list of keys to identify the portion most relevant, the sleep-starved parents can immediately hone in on possible solutions to help them. Let’s face it, what parents with a newborn are likely to have the luxury of reading the whole book in their spare time!
The advice, as with all Elizabeth Pantley books is well framed and considered. Pantley empowers parents to make choices by giving them options rather than a one size fits all solution, which makes eminent sens given that all babies are so different, even within families. Her most powerful message is to take the time to observe and study your newborn so you can identify the signals they send you, which will better enable you to figure out when they are getting tired, for example, so you can react appropriately and get them to sleep before they get overtired, cranky and weepy.
There are so many gems within these pages that everyone will find the one key point, which stands out for them, more than any other. For me, it was the ‘pause’. The idea that you don’t rush to scoop your baby up the moment your little one makes a sound, you pause, and wait to see if they are just transitioning through sleep, just making noises in their sleep, or even are content in their own company for a short while. Elizabeth Pantley, where were you when I had my newborn? How I wish someone had told me this back then. The ting that sets this book apart from every other baby sleep book that I have read, and believe me there have been many, is that, although the focus is, of course, on baby sleep, the techniques discussed can be applied to so many other areas of looking after your newborn. Techniques that are likely to become second nature as they grow, helping you with your parenting journey, way past the newborn stage.
Elizabeth Pantley’s writing is much more than advice on sleeping, it is a philosophy on parenting which will strike a chord with any parent looking for ‘no-cry’ solutions.