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Welcome to Dr. Marc Weissbluth's Baby and Children Sleep Blog

Baby and Children Sleep Training Expert. Author of 'Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child'

My name is Marc Weissbluth and I’ve been a pediatrician since 1973.
I began my academic career in Chicago where my research mainly focused on why some babies fuss and cry more than others during the first few months, and why some babies develop sleeping problems. Every new parent becomes short of sleep and wants their baby to sleep well so they themselves can get more sleep. But, as an academician and practicing pediatrician, I realized that most new parents did not fully appreciate how vital healthy sleep was for their baby.

I wanted to share the findings from my research with parents around the world, and published the following books: ‘Crybabies’ (1984), ‘Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child’ (1987), ‘Your Fussy Baby’ (2003) and ‘Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins’ (2009).

‘Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child’ has sold over 1 million copies around the world, and this summer 2021 will see a 5th edition being published that includes a new 16 page 10-step guide for a good night’s sleep.

To provide even more help to sleepy parents, I have created this website and baby sleep blog where I will share with you what parents have taught me and what I have learned from published studies.

Best wishes for sweet dreams. Marc

Marc Weissbluth, M.D., Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Emeritus, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago

Marc's Baby and Children Sleep Advice

The baby and children sleep blogs on this website have been split into topics, age groups, videos, and different resources for parents. Please select an area of interest from below to explore these.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

5th Edition: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep

The new 5th edition of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child published in 2021 begins with a 16-page Step-By -Step Guide that is easy to read. It gives you all the core information you need on ‘How to Prevent Sleep Problems’ (3 steps), ‘How to Help Your Child Sleep Through the Night’ (3 steps). And ‘How to Treat Sleep Problems’ (4 steps). The book is a reference book, so you do not read it cover-to-cover. Instead, like a cookbook, please read only the section of interest to you.
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Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

5th Edition: 
A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night's Sleep

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Latest Baby and Children Sleep Blogs

Please see below for my latest blogs.
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Blog 85
 | June 27, 2022
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Cumulative Sleepiness & Subjective Blindness to Sleepiness (#2 of 3)

Insufficient sleep degrades the brain’s function. The more sleep the brain gets, the better it functions. The effects of inadequate sleep on brain function and performance are well-documented.
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Blog 84
 | June 20, 2022
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Cumulative Sleepiness & Subjective Blindness to Sleepiness (#1 of 3)

If parents lack self-awareness about their own sleep loss, then it should come as no surprise that they might fail to appreciate subtle harmful effects of sleep loss in their children.
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Blog 83
 | June 13, 2022
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Drowsy Signs Revisited (An Alternative Plan)

Here is a description of Drowsy Signs and an Alternative Plan for parents who have difficulty observing Drowsy Signs.
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Blog 82
 | June 6, 2022
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Bed Sharing in the First 6 Months

At 18 months of age, bed-sharing during the first 6 months is associated with none of the outcomes, shown above, except for more frequent night-waking. 
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