Crying and Restlessness in Babies

A Parent's Guide to Natural Sleeping

Ria Blom; Translated by George Hall

Out of print

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Offers quick, natural solutions for parents under immediate stress from a baby who won't settle down.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Parenting & Child Health
line drawings
188 pages
Publication date:
25 Aug 2005


Every parent knows the sound of a baby who won't settle down to sleep. Crying and restlessness, especially in young babies, can be both distressing and tiring.

Ria Blom is an expert in swaddling -- ways of wrapping babies securely, to help them relax naturally into sleep. Swaddling works by inducing a sense of safety and comfort in the baby -- and it can work wonders for the parent as well!

Ria Blom's ideas are increasingly being implemented in health centres and hospitals in the Netherlands, and have seen a remarkable 42% in reduction in crying after one week of using her techniques, and 50% after two weeks.

This book offers quick solutions for parents under immediate stress, as well as plenty of background information about sleeping patterns and baby routines.


'This is a very practical guide to how to deal with a baby that won't sleep, eats irregularly and basically drives its parents up the wall. [...] How to approach the swaddling technique is extensively and explained and beautifully and clearly illustrated. Ria Blom writes in a very clear and direct way, guiding you with a sure hand, but at the same time full of warmth and care.
If you are at the end of your tether and you simply don't know where to turn for help, this book may be just what you have been waiting for.'
-- Anna Phillips, New View, Autumn 2005


Ria Blom, born 1949, has worked at the anthroposophical health centre in Utrecht since 1985. Since 1994 she has specialised in and researched the effects of swaddling on restlessness in young children.

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