Book review: The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns

If you’re a fan of gentle parenting, you’ve probably come across Elizabeth Pantley in your travels. A well-regarded author and parenting expert, she’s known for her no-cry parenting techniques, with a focus on approaching the challenges of early parenthood with awareness and respect for your little person.

Her latest book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns is no exception to this. Warm, engaging and non-judgemental, Pantley explains how to enjoy time with your newborn as well as lay the groundwork for healthy sleep habits along the way.

There’s no sleep training in this book. After all, she says, your baby knows how to sleep –  he’s been sleeping the best part of the day inside your womb for the last nine months.

Pantley believes that parents can help their babies continue to sleep well by following the 15 Keys To Amazing Sleep, described in detail throughout the book. Far from being rigid and unrealistic, these principles are easy to follow and spot on when it comes to encouraging great sleep in your new baby in a gentle, realistic way.

What I really love about Pantley’s ideas in this book is that she’s all for enjoying the precious newborn months and doesn’t attempt to make parents feel wrong for the way they choose to let their baby sleep.

I particularly like her ideas on what defines an ‘amazing sleeper’:


‘Here’s how you should define amazing sleep during the newborn months:

– All the places where baby sleeps are safe.

– Your baby is feeding well, growing well and healthy.

– You are reading and responding to your baby’s cues (day and night).

– You are happy with the way things are working, or the progress you are making.

If this describes your newborn’s sleep situation then nothing needs to be changed, regardless of what anyone else has to say. Whenever anyone asks you, “How’s your baby’s sleep?” you can honestly answer: “Amazing!”‘


This book is for any new parents or parents-to-be that want to enjoy every precious minute of their new baby…but also want to be smart about encouraging healthy sleep in their baby.

Pantley offers no judgement about whether you choose to co-sleep, let your baby fall asleep at the breast, or enjoy extended cuddles on the couch all day while your baby snoozes on you. She is all for this amazing, precious time – but she also knows how stressful sleepless nights and dodgy naps can be.

By trying a few of her suggestions and making some small adjustments, Pantley believes parents can enjoy their delicious newborn and get great sleep from day one.

Sound good to you? you can get your copy of The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns here.


  • Just so you know, this is not a sponsored post, and I won’t earn any commission if you buy the book. I was given a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.


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