WE ARE SO HONORED TO HAVE WITH US TODAY….
[NON-FICTION BOOK AUTHOR]
~BABY SLEEPING TRUST TECHNIQUES-ALTERNATIVES TO CONTROLLED CRYING~
So without further ado, welcome, Rebecca!!
Rebecca Welton is the author of the non-fiction book, ‘Baby Sleeping Trust Techniques – Alternatives to Controlled Crying’. She is a qualified child sleep practitioner and runs free drop-in sleep clinics for parents in Southampton, England. Her facebook page for sleep-deprived parents, the Walking Zombies, has information sheets all about baby and child sleep issues, along with the best tips and techniques to help.
What made you want to write a book about baby sleep?
My second child, Harry, was a terrible sleeper – waking between eight and ten times each night – yet I found it incredibly difficult finding any information about how to help him, other than the standard controlled crying advise (something we didn’t want to do). I ended up doing a ton of research on the subject and found out first-hand what worked, and what didn’t. Once Harry was sleeping better, I decided I really wanted to help other mums in similar situations. So I trained with the Southampton Sleep Clinic to become a qualified child sleep practitioner and set up some free drop-in sleep clinics for parents in and around Southampton, England. Once I realized just how many parents want alternative techniques to controlled crying and crying-it-out, I knew I had to write a book so that all the best tips for getting babies to sleep and nap better and for longer, along with different settling techniques that parents can use, could be found in one place.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
Finding the time! When you have two children under four, most of your day is spent running after them, playing and clearing up. I think it is the same for most authors – juggling writing around your every-day life. I am a writer who much prefers sitting down for a couple of hours to write, but I had to train myself to write around the children: ten minutes here, half an hour there. It was difficult but I really believed in what I was doing and that drove me on to keep at it.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Don’t think about writing a book, concentrate instead on writing a sentence, then a paragraph, then a page. See, that wasn’t scary was it? If you want to be a writer, then you have to be a writer – and write a little bit each day.
What are you working on next?
A book about toddler and child sleep. Everybody knows that babies wake often in the night but many families have issues with their toddler or child, who either won’t settle to sleep at bedtime or wake in the night and need help getting back to sleep. There is very little information around about how to address these issues and yet so many families experience them. I want to change that.
Thank you, Rebecca, for spending time with us and our readers today!
- The best tips and ideas to help babies sleep, and nap, better and for longer.
- Five different settling techniques, to suit all families.
- The effects a sleepless baby has on other members of the family, especially older siblings, and provides strategies for dealing with issues that can arise from this.
- Ways of coping with sleep deprivation.
What parents say
“This book changed my life. We used the Peekaboo Baby technique along with some of the tips and after 5 days Lucas slept through – for the first time in 10 months! The difference it has made to our family is amazing – Rebecca Welton thank you so much.”
Poppy, mum to Lucas (aged 10 months).
“Totally awesome book! Love the fact that the author really knows what she is talking about as she’s been through it herself and the chapter on coping with sleep deprivation really helped me. Pixie was still feeding 3 to 4 times at night but now sleeps through 7pm to 7am.”
Jess, mum to Pixie (aged 8 and 1/2 months) and Jordan (aged 4).
“This book helped our family through a very difficult time. Jack needed to be rocked to sleep at nap times and bedtime, but it was taking longer and longer to get him to sleep, sometimes up to 45 minutes. We also have a toddler so it was becoming impossible to rock Jack while looking after Joshua too. We followed the advice in this book and two weeks later, we could put Jack in his cot and he would settle himself to sleep while we played with Joshua. Thank you.”
Lyla and John, parents to Jack (aged 6 months) and Joshua (aged 2 and 1/2).
- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Spottiswoode Publishing (May 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0957547528
- ISBN-13: 978-0957547520