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Your Fussy Baby How to Soothe Your Newborn

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ISBN-10: 0345463005

ISBN-13: 9780345463005

Edition: 2003

Authors: Marc Weissbluth

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If your new baby cries inconsolably for many hours a day, take heart. The soothing help you need is here. Renowned pediatrician Dr. Marc Weissbluth knows firsthand how stressful life can be for a sensitive, fussy newborn—not to mention the child’s frantic, exhausted parents. His own firstborn, like more than a fifth of all babies, was a colicky child, causing him and his wife to suffer many sleepless nights. Your Fussy Baby is Dr. Weissbluth’s gift to other sorely tired mothers and fathers, written to help them comfort their newborns without disrupting their own lives. Even extreme fussiness, he says, is not dangerous and usually stops when the child is about four months old. In the…    
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List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/29/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.25" wide x 5.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

A paediatrician for 30 years, Dr Marc Weissbluth is also a leading researcher on sleep and children. He founded the original Sleep Disorders Center at Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital in 1985 and is a professor of Clinical Paediatrics at Northwestern University School of Medicine ( His landmark seven-year study on the development and disappearance of naps highlighted the importance of daytime sleep. In addition to his own research, he had lectured extensively to parent groups and has appeared on Oprah.

How to Use This Book if You Have Not Yet Delivered Your Baby
How to Use This Book if You Have Already Delivered Your Baby
What Is "Fussing"?
My First Experience with Extreme Fussiness
Common Fussiness and Crying
What Does Crying Mean?
What Should Parents Do about Crying?
You Cannot Spoil Your Newborn
Frequent and Infrequent Criers
Similarities between Common Fussiness/Crying and Extreme Fussiness/Colic
All Babies Cry Some of the Time
Some Crying Cannot be Attributed to an Obvious Cause
Two to Three Hours of Crying Per Day Is Average
Many Babies Have Evening Crying Spells
Crying Decreases at About Three Months
Extreme Fussiness/Colic May Just be a Lot of Common Fussiness
Which Babies Cry More?
Extreme Fussiness/Colic
Clinical Definitions of Extreme Fussiness/Colic
Is Extreme Fussiness/Colic a Disease?
Extreme Fussiness Is Very Common
The Curious History of Extreme Fussiness/Colic
Extreme Fussiness/Colic Is Not the Sort of Problem Doctors Like
The Nature of Extreme Fussiness/Colic in Behavioral Research
A Bias Against Moms?
What Can a Doctor Do About Extreme Fussiness/Colic?
You and Your Pediatrician
Eleven Myths about Extreme Fussiness/Colic (and Why You Shouldn't Believe Them)
There Is No Such Thing as Extreme Fussiness/Colic
Maternal Anxiety Causes Extreme Fussiness/Colic
Extreme Fussiness/Colic Is a Gastrointestinal Problem
Something the Baby Has Eaten Disagrees with Her
The Nursing Mother's Diet
Breast-fed Babies Have Less Extreme Fussiness/Colic
Firstborn Children Have Extreme Fussiness/Colic More Often
Fresh Air Causes Extreme Fussiness/Colic
Boys Get It More than Girls
Better-Educated Mothers Have More Extremely Fussy/Colicky Babies
Extremely Fussy/Colicky Babies Are More Intelligent
Why So Many Myths?
What We Actually Know about Extreme Fussiness/Colic
What Kind of Research?
Dr. Illingworth: It's Not Allergy, Gas, or Spoiling
Dr. Wessel: It's Not Allergy and It's Not the Family
Dr. Paradise: It's Not the Mother's Personality
Dr. Stewart: It's Tension
Dr. Schnall and Dr. Shaver: It Is Not Maternal Anxiety
Urinary Tract Infection?
Drugs During Labor?
Gastroesophageal Reflux
Naturally Occurring Substances May Cause Extreme Fussiness/Colic
Severe Physiological Disturbances
The State of the Art of Extreme Fussiness/Colic
Birth to Four Months of Age: How to Soothe and Help Your Baby to Sleep
Introduction and Advice
Your Relationship with Your Extremely Fussy/Colicky Baby
Take Care of Yourself
Creative Parenting
Caring for a Family with an Extremely Fussy/Colicky Newborn
Father Care: Our Secret Weapon for Soothing
Sucking Is Soothing
Rhythmic Rocking Motions
Sound Machines
Sleep Associations
Respect Your Baby's Need to Sleep: The One- to Two-Hour Window of Wakefulness
Drowsy Cues
Other Soothing Methods
Everything Works ... for a While
What is Best for You and Your Family?
Breast-feeding Versus Formula Feeding
Family Bed Versus Crib
Back Sleeping Versus Side Sleeping
New Mothers Versus Experienced Mothers
Older Mothers Versus Younger Mothers
Singletons Versus Multiples
Return to Work
"No Cry" Versus "Let Cry"
Sleep Training Does Not Mean "Let Cry"
Sleep Training: My Idea
Babies a Few Weeks Old
Six-Week-Old and Older Babies
Problems in Older Babies
Mistaken Ideas About Sleep Training
Different Decisions for Different Babies
Common Fussiness
Extreme Fussiness/Colic
Breast-feeding the Fussy Baby (Nancy Nelson, R.N., IBCLC)
Temperament at Four Months of Age
Extreme Fussiness and Temperament
A Standardized Temperament Rating
Infant Temperament Characteristics
Activity (General Motion, Energy)
Rhythmicity (Regularity of Bodily Functions)
Approach/Withdrawal (First Reaction)
Adaptability (Flexibility)
Threshold (Sensitivity)
Difficult Temperament
Limitations of Temperament Measures
Difficult Temperament and Extreme Fussiness/Colic
After Four Months of Age: How to Prevent Sleep Problems
Introduction: Sleep Before and After Four Months
Is Extreme Fussiness/Colic a Sleep Disorder?
Newborn Sleep Patterns
Sleeping Positions
Understanding Sleep: Sleep States
Newborns Have a Unique Sleep Pattern for Three to Four Months
Day Sleep Versus Night Sleep
Extreme Fussiness/Colic is Connected with Disorganized Sleep
Sleep and Breathing Rhythms
Sleep, Temperature, and Endocrine Rhythms
Extreme Fussiness/Colic Is an "Acted-Out" REM Period
The Crying-Temperament-Sleep Connection
Extreme Fussiness/Colic May Be Part of a Larger Problem
As Extreme Fussiness Ends
Time for a Change
Mothers' Descriptions of Their Babies at Age Four Months
What Mothers Say About First Babies After Extreme Fussiness/Colic Ends
Second-Born Infants are Like First-Borns After Extreme Fussiness/Colic Ends
Experienced Mothers and Extremely Fussy/Colicky Babies
Sleep After Extreme Fussiness/Colic Ends
What Is a Good Night's Sleep?
Does Your Baby Have a Sleep Problem?
What's Enough Sleep for a Newborn?
Solid Foods
Night Wakings Are Normal
Parental Response
When Older Babies Wake at Night
Why Older Infants Awaken
The Wrong Sleep Schedule
Parental Reinforcement
Your Cranky Baby May Just Be Tired
Breast-Feeding Versus Bottle-Feeding and Family Bed Versus Crib
"No Cry" Versus "Let Cry"
Common Fussiness (80 Percent): Low Risk for Sleep Problems After Four Months
"Check and Console" or Graduated Extinction ("Controlled Crying")
Extreme Fussiness/Colic (20 Percent): High Risk for Sleep Problems After Four Months
Gradual Approach
Do Not Pick Him Up
Cut Back on Your Responses
Spend Less Time
Wait a While
Will It Work?
Focus on the Morning Nap
The One- to Two-Hour Window of Wakefulness
"Do I Have to Put My Baby Down While She Is Still Awake?"
Bottle-feeding and Crib
Breast-feeding and Family Bed
The Treatment of Trained Night Crying
Let the Baby Alone
Learn to Be Consistent
Reduce External Stimulation
Begin with Bedtime
Parents: No Excuses!
Make the Decision
And Then Do It
If It Doesn't Work
Drugs to Make Your Baby Sleep
Not All Night Waking Is a Problem
Mothers Talk About Their Experiences
What Should I Do?
Love Your Baby
Hugs, Kisses, and Love Help Your Baby Grow
Summary and Action Plans for Exhausted Parents
Sleep Time Routines
Short Intervals of Wakefulness
Watch for Drowsy Signs Sleep Training Summary
Four Months of Age
After Four Months of Age