I’ve read many baby sleep books in my short mothering career. They were all good but I recently read Gentle Goodnight by Lyssa Armenta, and it is different than any of those other sleep books (in a good way!) Gentle Goodnight is a gentle sleep method created by Lyssa (mother of 3) and her husband. Lyssa wrote the book to share with other families her 99.99% effect method of dancing your baby to sleep.
My baby is still so young (6 weeks old tomorrow) that I haven’t yet needed anything to help him with sleep, but the day is fast approaching that I will. I definitely plan on trying this method. For one thing, it sounds fun! Picking out music that I enjoy and listening to it and then getting some exercise while also putting my baby to sleep? That sounds like a win-win for all of us! My daughter was quite the sleep fighter so I tried A LOT of different things to get her to sleep and there are elements of the things that I eventually found to work for her (through a LOT of exhausting trial and error) that are used in this method. If only I had had this book when she was little, I really think it would have been a lifesaver for us!
I appreciated that this book is a short, quick read and pretty much just gets down to business. There are a lot of excellent books that discuss sleep in depth if you really want to learn the whys and hows of baby sleep, but if you are just looking to get right to a method that works and is gentle (no cry-it-out here!), then this is excellent for that. I also appreciated the detailed instructions. When you are a mom for the first time and haven’t spent much time with babies, there is so much you need to learn. I liked that everything thing is spelled out and nothing is assumed for a first time mom. They are things I know now from having a baby but I definitely did not know the first time around. There are sections for different ages of children, tips for what to do with older siblings while putting a younger one to bed and setting up for a baby that is going through a season of needing you to stay with them to sleep.
I’m exciting to have learned about this method for my second baby and look forward to dancing him to sleep in the future! I recommend you pick up the book yourself to learn more and start having your own gentle goodnights. (You can get a glimpse by reading the first chapter for free.)
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post but did receive a complimentary book for the purpose of this review. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are 100% my own. I only review products that I either have purchased myself and love or products I have been given a chance to review by the company that I believe are products my readers would benefit from.