Book review: Save our Sleep by Tizzie Hall

Baby induced sleep deprivation is horrible isn’t it? It makes your days tough, your head fuzzy, your relationships strained and according to Tizzie it can even affect your metabolism and make you put on weight.

Help!

Tizzie Hall is an interntional sleep expert. She has been ‘reading’ babies and working out what they need since her childhood. She clearly knows a thing or two about sleep. This book is packed with case studies and examples of how her sleep techniques have helped many many frazzled and shattered parents. The book is packed with sleep supporting tips. Some I had never heard of and I decided to try them out.

My little 2 years old was waking at 5.30 EVERY day. Tizzie suggests making sure your baby is down for 7pm (she calls it catching the 7 o clock bus) as a later bedtime may cause the child to wake earlier. It’s all to do with sleep patterns apparently. Well I tried this and she slept till 6 30 the first night. How bizarre – and how brilliant! Her other tip that I tried was to treat a 5.30 wake as you would at 1.am wake and resettle your child for sleep. I have only had to do this once and it worked (albeit for 15mins!) Tizzie presents different sleep routines for differents ages and stages.

If sleep routines are your ‘thing’ these look pretty straightfoward and are even customised for premature babies, twins etc. I’m not a sleep routine kind of mum but I did like Tizzie’s approach. She doesn’t believe in letting your child cry it out and she advocatesthe supportive presence approach whilst encouraging your child to settle themselves feels kind and sensible to me. Tizzie’s book discusses cot death and lots of other oft neglected sleep issues e.g disabled children, children with skin conditions, etc. She has lots of stories, answers LOADS of questions and the book exudes confident problem solving where sleep is concerned.

I liked this book – really informative and if you need help I am sure you will find some pearls of wisdom in here.Save our Sleep costs £9.99 and is published by Vermilion I have 1 copy of this book (read once by me) to pass to a good hime. First reader to ask me for it (just leave a comment) it’s yours. Happy sleep x

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7 Comments

  1. May 6, 2010 / 5:50 pm

    Oh! I’d be grateful for sleep help for sure!

  2. May 6, 2010 / 5:52 pm

    Luschka ..it’s yours. Will send it out to you asap. I’m sure it will help!

  3. May 6, 2010 / 9:55 pm

    Hi Becky:

    Thank you for the book review! Tizzie!

  4. May 6, 2010 / 11:58 pm

    You are most welcome Tizzie..it’s fab

  5. Catherine
    May 8, 2010 / 5:16 pm

    Sounds like a great book, plenty of the mums in my classes dream of a good nights sleep, I’ll let them know its more than a nice theory and it is attainable!!

  6. Alice
    March 29, 2011 / 1:36 am

    It’s great if you don’t mind your baby crying it out. Oh sorry if it’s not an ’emotional’ cry it’s okay……

  7. Freebs
    November 27, 2011 / 3:10 pm

    To be honest I haven’t tried it and wouldn’t! Partly I’m just being stubborn because I found her book horribly arrogant and ridiculously inflexible in her approach. But I also think it depends on what kind of person you are. My life is rich, fulfilled, unpredictable and sociable. Fitting my baby into this with rigid routines would be impossible and probably cruel because every day is different for him. he is learning, growing and changing fast! Besides I love going with the flow. Personally I think the book is for control freaks!

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