I finished Sleepless in America by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka today.
I must admit the last few chapters I was pretty disenchanted, but I pushed on. Here is my review:
I did like this book. Kurcinka has clearly done her research on sleep. I liked reading about circadian rythm, how a person’s/child’s personality impacts sleep, and how different environmental factors impact sleep.
I do feel like I am walking away from this book with a better knowledge of sleep and how to help my daughter get the sleep she needs.
I also liked that she helps parents approach the process of getting their child to sleep in a gentle and sensitive manner. You aren’t left feeling like you are coddling your child if you help them into sleep. You are not told to leave your child crying desperately for you.
Kurcinka really does a great job of helping you to see the problem of sleep from your child’s eyes and reminding you that they are a little person just like you.
That said, there were some negatives to the book.
Kurcinka claims that we should take what works for our family and throw out the rest.
However, her entire strategy seems to revolve around a schedule. I know that I am not alone in being the parent of a child that refuses to have perfect and predictable schedule. There has to be some other way to get your child to have good sleep.
So I guess I’m left with taking her advice and holding onto the tips that will usher my child gently into sleep and tossing the doesn’t-work-no-matter-how-hard-I-try schedule out the window.