BOOK REVIEW: Bedtime, the Ultimate Battle by Melissa Guida-Richards

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Bedtime, the Ultimate Battle:

Sleep regressions. are. awful. Any mom knows this simple fact. Tossing and turning, crying out, sleeplessness. It affects your baby as well as you parents. Sometimes it feels like a black hole that you wonder if you will ever get out of. It is so difficult!

We just dealt with the woes of Soph’s 14 month sleep regression. It actually lasted quite a bit longer than the others we have faced. It messed up her naps, her eating and almost every facet of our life. It was brutal. Nothing really seemed to work for us.

I scoured the internet for possible solutions. I thought I tried almost everything shy of selling her on the black market. I was still desperate for a solution. Finally, I grabbed a copy of the book, “Bedtime, the Ultimate Battle.” I figured it was worth a try, and it kept me company on the long nights that I was sitting up with Soph trying to coax her back to sleep.


“Is your baby sleeping through the night?”

This is the worst question you could ever ask a parent. Seriously.

And news flash! Even if your child is sleeping through the night this week, that doesn’t mean they will be for much longer. Every other week, babies are teething, experiencing a growth spurt, or entering a dreaded sleep regression.

Bedtime, the Ultimate Battle is a concise and humorous tool that even the most sleep-deprived parents will love. It contains the meat and potatoes of sleep solutions for your baby that you can digest easily in the middle of the night, without worrying about heartburn.
 
Sleep is something all humans need, but at a point in every baby’s life, they will refuse to sleep like it’s their job. That leads to very exhausted parents and caregivers. Bedtime, the Ultimate Battle is written from the realistic perspective of a mom in the trenches—just like you. (And you, too, Dad.) It will provide you with dozens of easy, budget-friendly ways to help get your baby to sleep, gathered from the most recommended parenting books, blogs, and viral posts. Melissa has done the research so you don’t have to spend precious time desperately Googling during your next 3 a.m. wake-up call.
 
Bedtime, the Ultimate Battle includes more than ninety tips and tricks and discusses common nighttime hurdles such as:
 

  • Sleep training
  • Getting baby to nap when they don’t want to
  • Weaning babies who breastfeed to sleep
  • Handling sleep regressions like a champ
  • and more!

Right off the bat, I was intrigued! I especially needed help because I was in the habit of breastfeeding to sleep and to calm her down, and I was ready to wean. So I devoured this book in about a night! 

Why Do I Recommend “Bedtime the Ultimate Battle?”

I read many parenting books already. Most of them are from a doctor or health professional standpoint. These are GREAT, but I loved this book because it is from a MOM standpoint. She used so much humor which made me feel better, and she came from a point of view of just being human! It made me feel better about myself and my parenting abilities, and to see that this is something EVERY mom struggles with!

While most books are matter-of-fact and statistics and figures, her take on it was so down to earth and reminds us that we are all human and that it is OKAY to be exhausted, it is OKAY to be frustrated, and it is OKAY to need help!

I implemented a bunch of her tips from this book and i’m happy to say THEY HELPED! We are back on track sleeping from 7PM to 8:30AM and I have successfully weaned my baby at 14 months! I couldn’t have more positive things to say about this book. I should also mention, this is not a paid review. This is my honest feedback for this book to help you struggling mamas out there!

If you’re trying to figure out how to solve your baby’s sleep problems, I recommend trying out this book. You can catch it for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and MORE! Make sure to check it out!

(As an Amazon Affiliate, I may earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you.

Check out the book Bedtime, the Ultimate Battle HERE.

Don’t forget to check out how to get your baby used to their crib.
3 Tips To Wean Your Child
How To Make Your Child’s Nap A Productive Period

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In addition to Guida’s book, she has been published in the Huffington Post, Zora by Medium, Restless Magazine, Filter Free Parents, and more. She has also had interviews on NPR’s Code Switch, as well as BBC Radio and other podcasts. You can find her work on her website here. In addition, her parenting and adoption blog Spoonie-Mama, received over 50,000 views last year.

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