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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 116
 | January 30, 2023
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Save Your Marriage

My book, ‘Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child’, explains how your child benefits from healthy sleep. Additionally, the marriage might benefit because parents are calmer from sleeping better and they have more uninterrupted private time in the early evening and overnight.
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Blog 115X
 | January 25, 2023
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Videos of Drowsy and Fatigue Signs

In my previous Blog Posts, I describe studies that show how impaired sleep in children causes mental health concerns. To prevent mental health issues, start helping your child sleep well early. How early is early? Self-soothing can be taught to newborn babies. 
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Blog 115
 | January 23, 2023
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When to Start Sleep Training (#3)

In my previous Blog Posts, I describe studies that show how impaired sleep in children causes mental health concerns. To prevent mental health issues, start helping your child sleep well early. How early is early? Self-soothing can be taught to newborn babies. 
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Blog 114
 | January 16, 2023
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Caffeine

Caffeine and sleep banking (Blog Post 63) may be viewed as countermeasures to the effects of sleep loss. Caffeine is a stimulant that reduces the consequences of sleep deprivation by increasing arousal, vigilance, and attention, but is ineffective in mitigating the degradation of cognitive functions caused by severe sleep loss.  As a stimulant, caffeine can cause a rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, nervousness, irritability, and impaired sleep (more difficulty falling asleep and reduced sleep duration).
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