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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
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Marc's Children and Baby 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 Children and Baby Sleep Blogs

Please see below for my latest blogs.
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Blog 189
 | May 13, 2024
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Bed Sharing and SIDS

Bed-sharing means that the mother and her baby are sleeping together in the bed; ‘co-sleeping’ is another term describing this practice. 
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Blog 188
 | May 6, 2024
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Early Bedtimes Help: A Parent’s Report (From Blog Post 56 thread)

Our son had colic as an infant, so we held him constantly and let him nap in the carrier. He struggled to fall asleep at night and woke up frequently.
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Blog 187
 | April 29, 2024
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Naps: A Review (5 of 5)

In the past, between the ages of 4 and 6 years, a higher percent- age of children took naps, but they had fewer naps per week. 
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Blog 186
 | April 22, 2024
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Naps A Review (4 of 5)

Parents Offer Nap Opportunities
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