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"...Chances are if you have a small child or children you are woefully lacking in sleep. I remember this period of time in my life well. One day I was driving in my car, a gray Subaru station wagon, to my friend Siri’s house. My baby boy was in the car seat in the back. I think I was going to pick up a breast pump or have a cup of tea or something. My baby was about 3 months old. I got to Siri’s street, and there, in front of her house, was a gray Subaru station wagon. I was very tired. I thought, "Oh. I guess I’m already here." There was a way that my brain understood this. Like in a dream where things that couldn’t possibly BE are absolutely true, I thought perhaps that I had forgotten and somehow already come to Siri’s and parked that other Subaru station wagon that looked so dreamily like my own...

What was I thinking? It was baby blur at its most intense. As I parked and sat there to contemplate what my sleepy brain was trying to describe to me as reality, I got kind of scared, the way I got scared when I would notice that at a red light I would say to myself, "Oh good. I can take a little nap 'til it turns green."

What’s most bizarre is that the sleep loss suffered from caring for small children can make a person so illogical, at precisely the time in her life when she needs to be the most logical of all... the most responsible, logical and strong person the world can imagine in order to care for a troupe of tiny people who are barely logical, and very, very curious.”

—by Nanci Olesen
NOW YOU MOMbo: The Sleep Show

(NOTE: Several books are referred to within this program. Attitudes toward sleep patterns and bedtime rituals vary widely in our country and it is important for each family to find what feels right to them. Here’s a quote from the show:

"I don’t know...welcome to parenthood for god’s sake, where you have to choose how you’re going to do what you’re going to do from a bunch of conflicting information, your own experiences, and from the many influences around you.

Like life, only harder.” —Nanci Olesen)

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Marc Weissbluth
This book presents a very careful pattern of how to get a baby to sleep consistently. Check out this link to see an interview with Dr. Weissbluth:

Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems, by Dr. Richard Ferber.
Richard Ferber is director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital in Boston. Since writing his book, he's become known as a leading—and controversial—pediatric sleep expert. The "Ferber Method" involves allowing your child to cry herself to sleep. The parent visits to comfort the child at intervals.

To many parents, this method is the one that helped reclaim family sanity and sleep.

Here’s a link that I recommend:

Attachment Parenting, by Katie Allison Granju
Katie is a strong voice in the Attachment Parenting movement. This book provides the definition and style of attachment parenting. Sleeping with your baby is advocated by attachment parents, and Katie lets us know why she feels this works well. READ THIS GREAT INTERVIEW WITH KATIE.

Our Babies, Ourselves, by Meredith Small
Meredith Small examines our culture's traditional views on parenting and suggests that we reconsider them. Although "sleep methods" are not addressed in this review, here’s a link to a review that I found helpful:

Good Nights: The Happy Parents' Guide to the Family Bed (and a Peaceful Night's Sleep!) by Dr. Jay Gordon
Here’s the link to Dr. Jay Gordon’s site. He is a friendly and happy attachment parent, who feels that establishing a family bed is a comfortable and easy thing for a family to do.

I like his cheerful attitude and I think he has a lot of sound advice.

The Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program at Children's Hospitals and Clinics—St. Paul, Minnesota

In the Sleep Show, host Nanci Olesen interviews Dr. John Garcia, who is a specialist with The Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program in St. Paul. Drs. John Garcia and Gerald Rosen are both board certified in pediatrics and sleep medicine. Rosen and Garcia each blend a pediatrician’s knowledge of children and families with specialized expertise in the relatively new science of sleep medicine. This is the kind of help a parent might seek if she is finding that her child is suffering from lack of sleep or is having a particularly hard time establishing a sleep routine. To contact the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, St. Paul, call 651-220-6258. The website for Children’s is: http://www.childrenshc.org.

"As you can tell, you have some work to do, people. You have to look into your own heart and figure out what’s right for you, your partner, and your kids. And you know what? It’s all surrounded by controversy. Perhaps you’ll find if you venture into a discussion about sleep patterns and habits and methods that people around you will have lots of different ideas. It’s enough to make you want to take a nap...." —Nanci Olesen

1) introduction: Nanci Olesen

2) Interview with Dr. John Garcia, Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic
JB Mclain

3) Sleep book recommendations: Nanci Olesen

4) interview with Lisa Perez, mom, writer

5) "Our Spaceship"
commentary by Kristen Froebel (7:24)

6) credits and parting words: Nanci Olesen

"Lullaby for Mama" Linda Breitag and Sophie Breitag-Makeever

"Just Got Up" JB McLain from The Mystery

"Hold our mamas tight" written and sung by Nora and Léne Epp.






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