Australian researchers found common methods of sleep training – even babies allowed to cry at bedtime before falling asleep (a method called “graduated extinction” by researchers), did not produce any more signs of stress in the infants than a “gentler” method, according to the study published in the journal Pediatrics. In sum, sleep training did not lead to emotional, behavioral or child-parent attachment problems for infants. The findings may help parents rest easier knowing that having their little ones cry before falling asleep was not associated with long-term problems in a recent study.
See the research article here: babysleep.com
Read the full stories by Perri Klass, M.D. in the NY Times and by Linda Carroll at Today.comAbout Dr. Michael Gradisar