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The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Childs Sleep: Foreword by Dr. Harvey Karp (Pantley)
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Guaranteed to help parents reclaim sweet dreams for their entire family


New from the bestselling author of the classic baby sleep guide!


Getting babies to sleep through the night is one thing; getting willful toddlers and energetic preschoolers to sleep is another problem altogether. Written to help sleep-deprived parents of children ages one to five, The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers offers loving solutions to help this active age-group get the rest they--and their parents--so desperately need.


A follow-up to Elizabeth Pantley's megahit The No-Cry Sleep Solution, this breakthrough guide is written in Pantley's trademark gentle, child-centered style. Parents will discover a wellspring of positive approaches to help their children get to bed, stay in bed, and sleep all night, without having to resort to punishments or other negative and ineffective measures. The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers tackles many common nighttime obstacles, including:

  • Refusals to go to bed .
  • Night waking and early rising .
  • Reluctance to move out of the crib and into a big-kid bed .
  • Nighttime visits to the parents' bed .
  • Naptime problems .
  • Nightmares, "night terrors," and fears .
  • Special sleep issues of twins, special needs children, and adopted children.
  • Sleepwalking, sleep talking, snoring, and tooth grinding .

Customer Reviews:

  • Another great book from Elizabeth Pantley!
    I love the no-cry-sleep-solution for preschoolers and toddlers. In one week I have already had some success with the ideas found in this book. Besides the ideas, one of the things I like best about Pantley books is that 1)she's been there and 2) she doesn't make you feel like you have messed up your kids by not forcing them to sleep through the night (using some neanderthal method) before they are a year old. It's not a three-day plan, but it's better for your kids AND it works! Isn't that what we are all looking for???

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  • NO CIO
    This book is wonderful for those who choose to put their kids to sleep on their own without making them cry-it-out. It works!...more info
  • okay
    I don't think it was really that different from her book pertaining to infants. Honestly, I didn't learn anything new. I already knew about having a consistent schedule and bedtime routine. However, it did make me feel better to realize I'm not the only one still struggling. My daughter is 2.5 years old and I'm still up 3-4 times a night with her. Not having sleep for this long is draining after a while. I'm still searching for that perfect solution...Great book for someone that hasn't looked into helping their child sleep before...but after this long I can't imagine that is the case. It did remind me of a few things such as the signs of a little one needing to take a nap....more info
  • Life Saver
    After a year of sleep deprivation, this book has been a life saver for me and my husband. It gives us permission to know that our son is unique, and that we can attend to him and his needs with love. It also gives us permission to let go of stereotypes, and unrealistic expectations. It asks questions, in a gentle way, that encourages us to evaluate our own behaviors. It helps us to learn the cues our son is giving, as well as to realize the not so helpful behaviors we sometimes display. One of the most important things that we have learned, is that our son is changing constantly as he grows, as are his needs. The book is helpful as a continued reference, as we are presented with the need to change routines to meet our son's ever changing growth spurts.

    A few months ago, while on vacation, our son's sleep pattern (which had been practically perfected due to reading the book) was disrupted. I could recall the author's reminder that once things seem to get situated, there is a cold, or family vacation. Those words saved me on that vacation. As a mom, these are the types of suggestions that are most helpful, the real ones!

    Elizabeth Pantley offers great tips, as simple as they are, ones we were too tired to think of (like covering our son's windows at night to keep it darker in the morning). She is a nurturer, that is evident. She is also an educator. I have already purchased "The No Cry Potty Training Solution" and look forward to additional works by Elizabeth Pantley.

    Kim Rapach, LCSW
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker...more info
  • I can sleep again!
    So helpful! Thanks to this book my 11th month old is going to bed at a consistent time and sleeping more hours of the night. I am so glad I made this purchase!...more info
  • From breastfeeding 10 times a night - to sweet sleep!
    I can remember not that long ago sitting in my daughter's room in the middle of the night thinking I must be the only mum in the world whose baby didn't sleep. I was lucky to get three hours sleep on any given night, and never three hours in a row. But thanks to Elizabeth Pantley and her book "the no-cry sleep solution for toddlers and preschoolers" my little girl Milla has gone from a baby who breastfed 10 times a night to a gorgeous 18-month-old who sleeps between seven and ten hours straight!
    Apart from being exhausted when Milla wasn't sleeping, I was miserable because of all the pressure being put on me to "do controlled crying" from extended family. One even said I was a "bad mother" for getting up at night for my girl and not teaching her to sleep by letting her "cry it out " for hours on end. Everything in my heart said controlled crying wasn't right for my Milla. She was a sensitive, gentle and caring girl who was very attached to her mummy. I loved my little girl too much to hear her cry because her mama wasn't there when she needed her.
    After applying Pantley's gentle and practical tips, Milla is now sleeping peacefully - and knows that I am there for her when she needs me. I treasure every second with my little girl and am so glad I never abandoned her to cry. We have such a close and beautiful relationship. I feel like the luckiest mum in the world.
    The first key point I learned from Pantley was that as long as Milla and I were getting enough sleep and we were happy - then we didn't have a problem - regardless of what anyone else thought. Milla now wakes once a night, between 5 and 6, and I give her early morning cuddles till get-up time. Controlled crying experts told me NEVER to cuddle my daughter back to sleep. I'm glad I ignored them because I treasure those mornings when I hold Milla in my arms and feel her soft breathing beside me. This is not a problem for us and a lovely start to our day.
    Pantley's eight bedtime tips seemed rather simple and obvious at first - but once I put them into practice they actually worked. Milla no longer has a night light, has a long and quiet bedtime routine at the same time every night, no tv is allowed when Milla is in the room, she is now going to bed when her biological clock says is the right time for Milla (not what experts say) and while my husband calls me a "sleep Nazi", it works! And for those with sleep-log phobias, I still keep a meticulous sleep diary. It helps me notice subtle changes in Milla's sleep patterns as she grows older and her sleep needs change.
    The final chapter in Pantley's book - Adult Sleep: Now It's Your Turn - was also a life saver. When Milla finally started sleeping well, I would lie awake for hours at night waiting for her to wake. I always tended to be a bit of an insomniac, and her tips for babies have actually also helped me!
    I would strongly recommend this book to any mum who needs sleep and can't find it in her heart to do controlled crying. Pantley's approach might take a bit longer than controlled crying (though even controlled crying isn't guaranteed to fix sleep problems quickly and for life) but considering babies and toddlers grow up so quickly, it is worth the investment. My little girl goes to sleep with a sweet smile on her face, not tears!
    Tanya from Australia.
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  • I think this book saved our sanity!
    For the past few months, we have had a horrible time getting our daughter to bed and down for a nap. She's 3 1/2 and we've had a great routine since she was an infant so we couldn't understand why it wasn't working anymore. Turns out, we had a great routine, but we weren't implementing it properly. After reading the book, we made just a few small changes and our home is a much happier place at bedtime. I definitely recommend getting or making a bedtime routine chart. We bought the Chore Chart from Board Dudes (available on Amazon) where you can write in the steps in the routine then give the child magnetic stars for each bedtime routine (chore) they complete. Between the book and the chart, it's like a whole new world in our home. Thank goodness!...more info
  • Great Book
    Great book for getting tips to help you toddler sleep plus other helpful tips about potty training and so forth. I would suggest getting the first book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Infants" before reading this book. ...more info
  • A real lifesaver
    Thank goodness that a real life mom, who has a tremendous educational background finally wrote a book that a mom of 2 children under the age of 2 can relate too. With both of my children they were sleeping through the night by 7 weeks and we only deal with a few night wakenings a week. One piece of advice, some toddlers do remember everyday what the sleep fairy brings them. But if this is the hardest issue that we have to deal with during our sleep then I think we are doing great. Thank you Mrs. Pantley for realizing that you had such valuable insight as a mother to clearly and consising put into words how to help our children sleep. BZ of AL a mom of 2 precious sleeping angels. Thanks for your help!...more info
  • After 4 years, I FINALLY understand
    How could I have parented for 4 years and never really understood the sleep of my child. She slept with me for the first several years and then I was stumped. I had another baby, a husband, and 2 cats plus my toddler and myself fighting for space in our king-sized bed. Why was she so wound up at 9pm? AHA! She should have been getting ready for bed at the first signs of tired- at SIX THIRTY! After reading this book, we have such a healthy sleep routine at our house. She knows what to expect and is never forced to cry. She sleeps in until the same time as when she was going to bed hours later. She needed those extra few hours. A must have for sleep-deprived parents!...more info
  • Not a quick fix
    I like a lot of the suggestions provided in the book. They are definitely much more gentle than the cry-it-out method often suggested by other parents. The suggestions aren't overnight fixes... but are helpful. It's not exactly a quick read either... but I enjoyed the book....more info
  • Helpful encouragement, good ideas
    If you are looking for a gentle approach to helping your child sleep through the night, this is a great book. I also appreciate that the author is sensitive to the needs of mothers who are breastfeeding their toddler or pre-schooler. It is encouraging to read that you are not alone in having a toddler who does not sleep through the night. This book has some good ideas that I have used, but I have not put the full method to use. The downsides of this book are that the full method requires a long-term commitment and effort and if you have any doubts about it - as I did - you are not likely to follow through. Also, the author at times is too rigid about not letting your child cry. I have not practiced the "cry it out" approach at all, but with my child's temperment and personality there are times when she cries for a few minutes in bed before falling asleep and I have had to come to accept that as a reality. ...more info
  • Loved this book!
    I found so many of the suggestions in this book to be helpful, and even bought it as a gift for another mom....more info
  • A must read for parents with children who dont sleep well.
    Studies show most children have sleep troubles, going to sleep, staying asleep, etc. Most, so its normal. But you dont have to sacrifice your sleep and accept it. This book gives you tons of info and advice so you can create a sleep plan that works for your family and your child. She guides you. A real method to solve a real issue. I am so thankful because I understand my daughter so much better. Many Thanks!...more info
  • Finally...SLEEP!
    My husband and I were pulling our hair out with frustration from night after night of no sleep. Our son just turned 1 and was waking up several times a night, fighting us to no end not to go to sleep. Naps were impossible and bedtime was a screamfest. We tried the "cry it out" method, and that only made our son HATE his crib. He would start freaking out the moment we went to place him in it. When I saw this book and thumbed through it, I knew we had to try it. I had already spent countless hours online trying to research different sleep training ideas, none of which worked. I love that the first thing the author addresses is that we are not failures because our child is not sleeping at night....THANK YOU! The book is really easy to read, and easy to implement. Both my husband and I work, and it's easy to set up a routine that works for both parents. After only 3 nights our son has gone to bed every night at 8pm without a fight. Granted he is still waking up at 4am, but we'll work on that next. Thank you...Thank you..THANK YOU to the author.....finally SLEEP!!!! ...more info
  • It works!!!
    I would recommend this book to anyone who's ready for some sleep! If you missed the No-Cry Sleep Solution for babies (as I did) you are definitely ready for this book! It took just about a month, maybe a little less, and my son finally slept through the night at 16 months. Not EVERY night, but more often than not. And when he does wake up, it's only once, not at every possible sound heard. And it's very compassionate. Don't wait any longer -- trust this woman! She's had four kids of her own and knows what she's talking about!...more info
  • Love the help for my toddler
    She really breaks it down and helps me understand my son's sleep patterns, what he needs me to do and what I may want to consider changing in our routine. I've made a few changes as she suggested and so far so good!...more info
  • A Wonderful, Thorough Book!
    Quoting reviewer Oleanna, 'Forty-four volunteer test families around the world, of varied configurations, read her (Pantley's) initial manuscript and followed Pantley's directions, reporting back to let her "peek into their naptime and bedtime routines, problems and successes," and 245 families completed extensive sleep surveys.'

    I was one of the *lucky* families that completed that extensive sleep survey--and it was indeed *very* involved--but what a wonderful opportunity to 'help' other parents! The survey recorded more than *just* sleep issues, and it's my understanding that parents from myriad parenting styles were surveyed. So, the book is a collection of differences delivered in a cohesive, concise manner.

    Ms. Pantley is thorough, professional and incredibly friendly. I feel honored that my son, daughter, husband and I were a part of her 'data.' I cherish this book, not just because we were a minuscule part of her database, but because the information within the book is solid.

    Thanks Ms. Pantley!
    Cheers!...more info
  • Good insight, lots of ideas, no judgement
    I really think that this is an informative and helpful book. It is clear, easy to read, and has lots of good ideas. I think what I like best though is how Elizabeth Pantley is so non-judgemental and encourages parents to use whatever works for them and their child.
    We have always had a bedtime routine for our now 22 month old son but since getting the book about 9 months ago I am even more structured about that routine and make sure we follow it even when not at home. Also, the idea about the light on a timer to keep kids in their bed in the morning was a life saver for us! Our son now patiently rests or plays in his bed until his light comes on. That helps me to get myself ready for the day and be ready to give him my attention when he gets up.
    I highly recommend this book to any parent who wants insight into their childs sleeping patterns and who wants to make improvements in that area. ...more info
  • Consistency is the key
    I think when any parent picks up a book like this, the situation is already out of control or at least something that needs tweaked. I found myself with a newborn baby and a 2 yr old that a couple months before moved from our bed to her own "big girl bed". Little by little my little girl found her way back into our bed. There was no room for me, my husband, a newborn and a toddler, so my husband ended up sleeping in our daughter's room. Something really wrong with that picture. I was searching the internet for some answers for my questions and to look for a fix, and found Elizabeth Pantley who was looking for test moms for her new book for toddlers and preschoolers. I was fortunate enough to be selected as a "test Mom" for this book and very proud to say that the modifications that we made as a family worked for us.

    Every one wants instant results, they think by reading something it will miraculously happen. It takes time, some kids adjust well quickly, some will adjust over many months, but the importance of this book is that consistency is the key. I could have given up many times to get my daughter and later my son into their own beds, but I knew that it wasn't going to be overnight and I came to accept that.

    My daughter has a nightly routine, it is still the same routine at 6 as it was at 2. I took what Elizabeth Pantley gave to me, and applied it to our bedtime battles. I am not saying that you have to use what she says word for word, you may have to make adjustments that work for you and your childs personality. But I do know that it works. My daughter slept through the night at 2.5 yrs old and my son was about 13 months, and thankfully I had this book because I was able to curtail some of his bedtime battles at a much early age.

    Yes it does work and it is a very easy read, but like I said, if you are looking for a quick fix, I think you will be hard pressed to find that anywhere. If you are serious about making a change, Elizabeth gives many options and alternatives to make this a successful change. ...more info
  • Amazing Results!
    This book has really helped our house. My son is 2 and was still having to sleep in our bed to fall asleep and was staying up until 10 or 11 most nights. In a matter of a week after following the steps in the book, we now have a great bedtime routine and my son is starting out in his own bed at night now! And he's going to bed around 8 most nights now! Things are running smoother in the house and he seems like a happier child. We still have work to do, as he's still not sleeping all night, but we're working on one thing at a time....more info
  • Amazing
    I have an 18 month old who did not sleep well for the first year because of medical issues. I bought this book because even though she was better, she was still a terrible sleeper. Other books I previewed all assumed my toddler was sleeping in my bed and I was still nursing! I was shocked how such small changes made a difference in her sleep. I felt that the information in this book was helpful for understanding the process of falling asleep and staying asleep, and it covers every sleep issue you can think of (monsters, day light saving time, sleep walking). I am thrilled with the results!...more info