Save Our Sleep
Tizzie Hall has gained an international reputation as a baby whisperer and miracle worker. Even from an early age, Tizzie knew how to read babies’ body language and cries, and from that auspicious beginning she has developed a series of sleep routines that have provided parents and babies with a good night’s sleep the world over. ‘Save Our Sleep’ is the book that parents asked Tizzie to write, and with over 40,000 copies sold in the past three years it has rapidly become the only book parents need to cure their own sleep deprivation!
People seem to be quite divided over Tizzie Hall. Either people swear by her or they have some sort of misunderstanding about what her methods are and say she is full of crap. Tizzie claims in her book that what she prescribes may not work for your child but that she has found that with the children she has worked with, her methods work.
For us this book came about when I was tired of waking up every three hours and just wanted to skip straight to sleeping through the night. I have a pretty good sleeper beforehand but found this book helped not only extend her sleep through the night but also just settle her into a routine that really works for us. At the beginning we followed Hall’s advice to the tee. Not because I thought her way is the absolute best but because I thought, why not start by following it exactly as she prescribes if it works for so many others. Sure enough we slowly altered our routine until we found what is best for Victoria.
I believe that is the key to parenting, finding what works best for everyone in your family. Occasionally things don’t work the way they should so we take it back to Tizzie’s original routine and re-establish what works best for Victoria. Anytime I am in doubt, I consult the book again. It is full of wonderful advice for sleeping, eating and routines.
It will not necessarily work for every child but it has been the foundation for Victoria’s routine. Victoria is a reasonably well behaved child (who is drawing on the window as I type this), sleeps through the night with little to no trouble, has two naps a day, and eats everything you give her. I contribute a lot of this to Tizzie and the confidence she has given me through her book.
My recommendation: Keep an open mind and if you pick the book up, actually read it from front to back. Don’t pick and choose what you want.