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Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Sleep Training Debate ~ By Amy Webb



I just wanted to bring to everyone's attention that a really great article was written by one of our author team members, Amy, over on her site in regards to the baby sleep training debate. Here is an excerpt:

By Amy Webb
 
Okay, we all know that sleep training is one of the most often-debating topics among parenting circles. Some parents swear by the "cry-it-out" method (I don't care for this term, but it's the common terminology) while others think it's akin to torture for an infant. I have to say, that before having a child I had not given this topic a lot of thought or research. Although I was in grad school in Human Development for 4 years, I do not ever recall reading one single research article on this topic. After having a child, sleep, namely, how to get my son to sleep, became an all-consuming topic for me. I soon realized that I had never read a research article on this topic because there are very few good, solid studies conducted about sleep training, how or if it works, and its effects on children.

Now, my point with this post is not to come down on one side or the other regarding sleep training. Overall, I think it is up to each family to decide how to manage sleep issues in their family based on their values and needs. My point is to illustrate how the media often frames controversial issues like this in a way that is misleading and oversimplifies the research they claim to be referencing.

First, let me discuss a few things that we do know in regards to responsive parenting...

TO READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE, CLICK HERE TO GO TO HER SITE, THE THOUGHTFUL PARENT.

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