Healthy Sleep Habits


This topical guide will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse and other sources.

Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Note that some videos may be viewed online, and journal titles will take you to the publisher’s homepage.

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Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years
Harvey Karp
William Morrow, 2012
This book offers tips on how to help your newborn, infant, or toddler get the rest they need while also debunking some of the most widely held myths about babies and sleep.
Call#: WM 188 .K1481 2012

The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
Harvey Karp
Penguin Random House, 2015
This fully revised and updated book includes the latest insights into infant sleep, bedsharing, breastfeeding, swaddling, and SIDS risk.
For instructions on how to access this eBook, please read Getting Started with eBooks.

Healthy sleep habits, happy child : a step-by-step program for a good night’s sleep
Marc Weissbluth
Ballantine Books, 2015
This book explains a step-by-step regime for instituting beneficial habits within the framework of your child’s natural sleep cycles and contains the latest research on the best course of action for sleep problems.
Call#: WM 188 .W432 2015
Also available as an eBook 

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year
Good Books, 2012
This book provides a guide to the first 12 months of life with a new baby, including information on feeding, immunizations, development, sleeping, and medical care.
Call#: WS 105 .M4545 2012

The natural baby sleep solution : use your child’s internal sleep rhythms for better nights and naps
Polly Moore
Workman, 2016
Based on the scientifically established rest and activity cycle that occurs every hour and a half, this book provides a proven program to help every parent give their baby better nights and naps.
Call#: WM 188 .M7811 2008

On becoming baby wise : giving your infant the gift of nighttime sleep
Gary Ezzo
Parent-Wise Solutions, 2019
This book provides tips on naturally synchronizing your baby’s feeding time, wake time and nighttime sleep cycles, so the whole family can sleep through the night.
Call#: WM 188 .E993 2019

Pediatric Sleep Problems: A Clinician’s Guide to Behavioral Interventions
Lisa Meltzer
American Psychological Association, 2015
This book presents behavioral interventions for common pediatric sleep problems. Step-by-step instructions show readers how to clinically assess and treat children from toddlers to teenagers, and case examples apply the instructions to real-life scenarios.
Call#: WM 188 .M496 2015  

The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year
Alice Callahan
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015
In this friendly guide through the science of infancy, the author explains how nonscientist mothers can learn the difference between hype and evidence. The Science of Mom is a fascinating, eye-opening, and extremely informative exploration of the topics that generate discussion and debate in the media and among parents.
Call#: WS 105 .C1304 2015

Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs
Mark Durand
Brookes Publishing, 2013
From bedtime tantrums to bedwetting, sleep problems can be one of the biggest sources of worry and frustration for parents of children with special needs. Help is here in this down-to-earth, nonjudgmental guide packed with widely tested, easy-to-use techniques that work for all children, with and without disabilities.
Call#: WM 188 .D931 2014
For instructions on how to access this eBook, please read Getting Started with eBooks.

The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight
Kim West, Joanne Kenen
Hachette Books, 2020
Essential Reading for any tired parent, or any expectant parent who wants to avoid the pitfalls of sleeplessness, this book offers a practical, easy-to-follow remedy that will work for all families in need of nights of peaceful slumber.
Also available as an eBook 

Sleepless in America: Is Your Child Misbehaving or Missing Sleep?
Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
HarperCollins, 2006
Based on the personal experience of parents as well as up-to-date scientific research, this book focuses on the topic of sleep deprivation and its solutions as a way to look at child behavior and development issues.
Call#: WM 188 .K96s 2006  


The Brain: Activity, Sleep and Boredom
20 min; DVD
Learning ZoneXpress, 2011
Physical activity and quality sleep are both vital for healthy bodies. Studies suggest that doing “nothing,” and even being bored, is actually very important to how we process the world around us and is key to creativity.
Call#: QP 376 .B73asb 2011

The Happiest Baby on the Block
64 min; DVD
Happiest Baby, 2012
The Happiest Baby reveals a stunning new discovery – the calming reflex. It’s almost an “off switch” for crying that all babies are born with. Within just days you’ll boost your baby’s sleep one to three hours every night.
Call#: WM 188 .K148dvd 2012

Web Resources

Healthy Sleep: How Many Hours Does Your Child Need?
This article provides reasonable, science-based guidelines to help you determine whether your child is getting the sleep he or she needs to grow, learn, and play. Also in Spanish.

Establishing Healthy Sleep Habits (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment
This article provides recommendations for parents to follow to provide a safe sleep environment that can reduce the risk of all sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS.

SIDS: Back to Sleep
Losing a baby to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a tragedy that grieves parents, family members, friends, and others who care for the child. The good news is that all of those who provide care for an infant can help reduce the risk of SIDS. Also available in Spanish and Polish.

Safe Infant Sleep
This Web site provides information on the Safe to Sleep campaign which aims to reduce Sudden Infant Death.

ZZZs, Please! Bedtime for Preschoolers
Getting enough sleep is important for your child’s mental and physical development. Although there isn’t one sure way to raise a good sleeper, the key is to try from early on to establish healthy bedtime habits. Also available in Spanish and Polish.

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