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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 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

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The 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 blogs

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Blog 48
 | October 11, 2021
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Sleep Modulates Temperament (3 of 3)

The exact same 60 infants that I examined at 4 months of age were restudied at 3 years. Again, at age 3 years, temperamentally easy children had longer total sleep durations compared with children with more difficult temperaments.
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Blog 47
 | October 4, 2021
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Temperament-Sleep (2 of 3)

I discovered an association between temperament characteristics and sleep. In my study of sixty 4- to 5-month-old infants, the infants rated as having a difficult temperament had average sleep times substantially less than the infants rated as easy (12.3 versus 15.6 hours).
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Blog 46
 | September 27, 2021
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Temperament (1 of 3)

The term temperament refers to the individual differences which are biologically based that create a behavioral style or the manner in which the child interacts with the environment. It does not describe the motivation of an action.
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Blog 45
 | September 20, 2021
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Big Picture: Maternal Anxiety and Infant Sleep Patterns

A woman with anxiety symptoms (or dysfunctional cognitions regarding attending to her baby at night) becomes pregnant. She might worry about the pregnancy, her baby, becoming a mother, the father or any other aspect of her life.
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