Chapter 1:  What You Should Know Before You Start

The benefits of getting good sleep and a look at different philosophies on sleep. How to know whether your baby is ready for sleep teaching—and whether you are too.

Chapter 2:  Sleep Science 101

How sleep develops in children and the truth about night wakings. The science behind the reasons sleep is a learned skill—and the reason that going with your child’s natural sleep tendencies doesn’t work for a lot of babies. Also includes an overview of safe sleeping practices. An important chapter for all parents struggling with their child’s sleep issues.

Chapter 3: Setting the Stage

Setting up your baby’s room to encourage better sleep and how to deal with unique or challenging sleep situations such as sharing a room.

Chapter 4: Identifying Your Child’s Sleep Associations

Sleep associations are one of the biggest barriers to sleep. What sleep associations are, the negative associations common in young children, and the more positive associations parents should try to incorporate into their baby’s sleep time.

Chapter 5:  Creating a Daytime Sleeping and Eating Schedule

A guide to setting up the ideal eating and sleeping schedule, broken down by ages (birth to two months, two to four months, four to six months, six to fifteen months, fifteen months to three years).

Chapter 6: Fixing Potential Feeding Issue

Examining and then maximizing your child’s feedings to quell fears of nighttime hunger and make sleep easier and more straightforward.

Chapter 7: Setting Up a Support System

Reasons that parents should be equal participants in the sleep teaching process and ideas for getting aligned.

Chapter 8: Keeping Emotional Issues in Check

Tips for managing your expectations of your child’s sleep, being the best sleep teacher you can be, and handling the guilt associated with hearing your child cry.

Chapter 9: Creating Your Lesson Plan

Picking the best day to begin, choosing a bedtime, deciding which room or place will work best to sleep-teach, teaching multiples, and emotionally preparing toddlers.

Chapter 10: The First Twenty-Four Hours

The meat of our proven approach for putting a baby down for the night, interpreting different types of cries, determining how to respond to your child while he or she learns, and what to expect throughout the first night.

Chapter 11: The Next Two Weeks (Including Naps)

The challenges associated with napping, what to do when a schedule isn’t working, and how to make modifications to your overall sleep plan.

Chapter 12: Keeping It Going

Various issues that affect sleep, even in children who love sleep: dropping a nap, dealing with sickness or teething, travel disruptions, when to move your child to a toddler bed, and more.