New parents are given all sorts of conflicting advice on how best to get the baby to sleep through the night. For instance: Should they sleep in your bed, in your room? Should you leave them when they wake or cry? This volume tackles every issue, including cot death, and talks about each technique. The author examines the need for routine, a comfortable sleep environment and a baby's sleep patterns at different ages and stages. She also explores research into how a child's sleep pattern might reflect its character, wellbeing, health, even intelligence - debunking myths and extracting the truth. The main message the book gives is that parents should make their own minds up and it offers advice on where to get help with addresses of sleep clinics and other support agencies.