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Cry It Out Baby Settling Method Is ‘Safe’ And Works, Study Finds

Behavioral sleep interventions are both safe and effective.

Children really are the best form of contraception, new study says

Read about how parents visiting their baby’s crib during the night affects their relationship with their partner.

2022 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep recommendations

Read the 2022 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for safe infant sleep.

Sleep training could benefit some babies — and their parents

There are many ways to go about sleep training – helping your child learn to fall asleep on her own at bedtime and sleep for longer stretches overnight. Read Erin Chan Ding’s Washington Post article about types and the benefits of sleep training for children and the family.  

Here’s How To Get Your Baby To Sleep In A Crib, Experts Say

Get tips to help your baby learn to sleep in a crib.

For better sleep, borrow the bedtime routine of a toddler

Learn more about how you can change your own sleep habits using steps often in a toddler’s bedtime routine.

Is ‘Momsomnia’ Keeping You Up at Night?

Parents can certainly have difficulty falling and staying asleep even after their young children are sleeping well overnight. Read more about what you can do about those sleepless nights in Jessica Grose’s article and interview with Dr. Shelby Harris at The New York Times.

Secrets of baby sleep: how snoozing helps your baby’s development

What’s going on while your baby is sleeping? How does it help development? Find out from the BBC and our expert, Dr. Alice Gregory.

Infant Sleep Experts Weigh in on 7 Common Myths

Seven sleep myths – put to bed or still up for debate

Is Your Toddler Ready for a ‘Big Kid Bed’?

Wondering if your toddler is ready to transition to a bed? The New York Times gives some guidance along with Dr. Jodi Mindell.

Q&A: Clinicians can use social media to help parents find expert health advice

Social media has a lot of information about sleep aids for children, but very little of it is written by health care professionals.

How Children’s Sleep Habits Have Changed in the Pandemic

Read more about how children’s sleep habits have changed during the pandemic.

How to sleep through a global pandemic

Dr. Alice Gregory talks to Sarah Cox from Goldsmiths University of London about how the pandemic may be affecting sleep health for adults and children, including some tips to help ease the strain.

Encouraging good sleep habits

Read more about healthy sleep habits such as getting enough sleep, healthy bedtime habits, and some tips and tricks for an easy bedtime routine on Indian Link by Dr. Vishal Saddi.  

Understanding the keys to good sleep

Infant sleep, sleep problems, and what this can mean for families.

Insomnia: How to Help Children Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Read more about childhood insomnia and how to help, with some great information from Dr. Michael Gradisar.

Sleep Training Truths: What Science Can (And Can’t) Tell Us About Crying It Out

Listen to experts talk about sleep training myths and truths on NPR.

My Daily Routine: Jasper Newman, 8 Months Old

Just for fun, a baby’s schedule from the New York Times.

Go to bed! Brain researchers warn that lack of sleep is a public health crisis.

Societal lack of sleep can be considered a public health crisis. Read this Washington Post article to find out more about the importance of sleep across the lifespan .

Toddlers may sleep better in cribs until age 3

The crib-to-bed transition: but when?!

When Your Baby Is Your Roommate

Learn more information that may help your family make decisions about room-sharing in this New York Times article.

To Help Children Sleep, Go Dark

Did you know that children’s eyes let in more light than adults’ eyes do? Read more here about the importance of a dark evening environment.

Pediatric Sleep Council Celebrates Baby Sleep Day on March 1st

The second annual Baby Sleep Day is around the corner!

Sleep vs. Exercise?

Moms and dads: to sleep or to exercise? Find out here.

How parents tackle bedtime around the world

Bedtimes, bedtime routines, and sleep spaces vary widely by nation and culture.

Children’s sleep weighs heavy on parents’ minds

Parents often think about their children’s sleep, and the way parents think about their baby’s sleep is related to depressive symptoms.

Parents find older babies sleep better in their own room

Older infants who sleep in their own room tend to sleep better than infants who share a room with their parents.

Mom’s Insomnia Linked to Children’s Sleep Quality, No Link Found to Dad’s Sleep

Child sleep quality is associated with mom’s sleep problems but not necessarily dad’s sleep problems, study finds.

Changing childcare settings can affect sleep

Study suggests that inconsistent childcare arrangements can affect toddlers’ sleep.

Most moms aren’t putting babies to sleep safely, study says

Sleep safety – put babies on their backs to sleep.

Dear husband, I love you, but right now I hate you for sleeping

Whether it’s your husband, wife, partner, or simply another adult in your life, many parents experience sleep envy!

Inside The ‘Hidden Disorder’ New Moms Are Afraid To Talk About

Anxiety during pregnancy or in the postpartum period can be overwhelming and debilitating. Read more about this “hidden disorder” here.

New Bill Would Provide ‘Baby Boxes’ for D.C. Newborns

Families may be able to have access to baby boxes in Washington, D.C.

Babies Sleep Better In Their Own Rooms After 4 Months, Study Finds

Room-sharing and sleep outcomes in infancy – read this NPR article to learn more.

Sleep intervention training could prevent babies from becoming obese toddlers

Sleep interventions may prevent being overweight in early childhood.

Racial And Ethnic Disparities Persist In Sudden Infant Deaths

Read about continued racial and ethnic disparities in sudden unexpected infant death in this NPR article.

Penn State study: Helpful dads can mean less colicky babies

Having social support relates to fewer reports of colicky, fussy babies.

Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids’ Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

Daily routines, including having a set bedtime in preschool, is associated with a reduced risk of obesity.

Kids Who Use Touchscreen Devices Sleep Less at Night

Babies and toddlers tend to get less sleep and have a harder time falling asleep the more touchscreen time they have – but more research is needed to find out why.

When Baby Sleeps Near Mom, Guess Who Doesn’t Sleep Well?

Israeli researchers are reporting that even sleeping in the same room can have negative consequences: not for the child, but for the mother.

A Sleep Scholar’s Secrets For Hacking Your Baby’s Rest Schedule

Chase Scheinbaum, writing for, Dr. Jodi Mindell’s summarizes some of sleep recommendations. Read more here.

‘I’ll go to school on two and a half hours’ sleep’: why British children aren’t sleeping

Read about sleep problems and their impact on physical and mental health in school-age children, including some input from Dr. Catherine Hill – and get some advice on how to get a good night’s rest!

Inaugural Baby Sleep Day

March 1st is Baby Sleep Day! Read more about Baby Sleep Day here.

How science can make your baby sleep better

Read Drs. Alice Gregory and Erin Leichman take on combining science and family preferences to help your little one sleep on The Conversation’s website.

Sleep deprived? Experts to offer advice on Baby Sleep Day

Read Dr. Melisa Moore’s post on how you, your baby, and family can get better sleep.

BBC News interviews Dr. Catherine Hill about her Sleep Clinic

Check out this video of Dr. Catherine Hill being interviewed on BBC!

Improving the sleep of socioeconomically disadvantaged children

Read about how a brochure outlining three simple stories helped families support better sleep hygiene.

Advertisers depict unsafe sleeping environments for infants, study shows

Despite safe sleep recommendations, retailers continue to depict babies in unsafe sleeping environments through retail images.

Is melatonin safe and effective for kids?

Melatonin is a hormone that, among other things, helps the body regulate its circadian rhythm- or body clock. Many families use melatonin to help settle their young children to sleep.

But, is it safe for kids?

Cot death: How Anne Diamond helped save thousands of babies

A history and results of the Back to Sleep Campaign: A year after the Back to Sleep campaign, the number of SIDS cases fell from 1,545 in 1989 to 647 in 1992 in the UK.

Dr. Catherine Hill is on BBC Radio!

Listen to Dr. Catherine Hill on a BBC Radio Ask the Expert segment talk about some exciting pediatric sleep topics!

Why don’t babies sleep at night? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Genes and environment – before and after birth – all contribute to the development of sleep. Learn more about baby sleep patterns.

Prof talks about sleep tips for babies, young children with autism

Check us out in the news –Pediatric sleep experts create website to provide free, evidence-based information about young children’s sleep.

Scientists launch

Check us out in the news – The Pediatric Sleep Council launches a free online advice service for families,!

Which Came First? The Behavior Problems, or the Poor Sleep?

Read about how sleep affects behavior and behavior affects sleep – it goes both ways!

Sleep-deprived preschoolers crave more calories

Preschoolers who do not get enough sleep consumed about 20% more calories than usual.

This Gothic Tale of Sleep-Training Is a Perfect Illustration of Why Parents Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Doing It

A Slate contributor responds to a New York Times article about a family managing sleep struggles.

Sleep Experts Issue Recommendations for Children and Adolescent Sleep

More news about the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s sleep range recommendations for children as well as their mental and physical health.

Families still use unsafe bedding, despite risk

Despite warnings about safety in a baby’s sleep environment, a recent video-based study showed that over 90% of families placed objects in a young baby’s sleep space and over 10% of families placed young babies in an unsafe sleep position.

An end to sleepless nights? New hope for families raising children with ADHD

Alice Gregory
In a study of over 2,000 twin children followed from 5 to 18 years old, about 12% had ADHD. Interestingly, 78% of those who had ADHD as a child did not have it at 18 years old. Although people with ADHD in childhood had worse sleep than those who did not, those who no longer had ADHD at 18 had sleep quality similar to those teens who had never had ADHD.

Putting your baby to sleep: Some advice and good news

This New York Times article summarizes several strategies for your little one at bedtime.

How your kids (and you) can sleep better – KCUR Ted Radio Hour

Kevin Smith
Dr. Smith talks about how your family can sleep better on a TED Radio Hour.

Helping our school-age children sleep better

Harriet Hiscock
Even preschoolers and school-age children have trouble sleeping! Read about a sleep intervention for children transitioning to a school schedule in Australia. Not only did children’s sleep improve, but their psychosocial functioning and their parents’ mental health also showed improvements.

June 2016 guidelines for pediatric sleep from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Read an article highlighting the importance of getting enough sleep considering newly delivered sleep guidelines, in addition to Healthline article discussion with Dr. Lisa Meltzer.

Parents shouldn’t feel guilty about sleep training

Michael Gradisar
Sleep training improves sleep, does not related to adverse stress responses, have long term negative effects on attachment, emotions, or behavior.

Sleep: How do you know enough is enough?

Lisa J. Meltzer
Making sure your children get enough quality sleep is a priority for the whole family. Read more about how you can tell if your little one is getting enough sleep.

Summertime sleep schedules for kids

Lisa J. Meltzer
Keeping a consistent sleep schedule during the summer can definitely be a challenge for families. Learn more about how to manage sleep during the summer and in the weeks before school starts!

8 things we learned from a sleep expert about putting kids to bed

Jodi Mindell
Watch Jodi Mindell help a family sleep better by getting their little one on a consistent sleep schedule on a TODAY segment. Also, Dr. Mindell’s answers some common questions that families often have about sleep for infants and toddlers.

There’s a monster under my bed!

Lisa J. Meltzer
Nighttime fears can be quite common for young children – for some, they are part of typical development. Those fears, however, can definitely interfere with falling asleep. Find out how to help your little one get past some of those fears so he can fall asleep easily at bedtime.

It’s all about routine: Getting a good night’s sleep

Jodi Mindell
A bedtime routine is a key element of healthy sleep – and now we know that the more frequently your little one has a consistent routine, the better!

Children who sleep badly “at risk of mental health issues later in life”

Researchers find that poor sleep in young children may be a “red flag” for depression, anxiety, and other emotional-behavioral problems, yet sleep problems can be missed by caregivers and health-care providers.

Shut off kids’ gadgets so they get shut-eye for school

Kim Kirkpatrick-Justice
Find out more about your kids, electronics, and sleep.

Sleep matters: Are kids getting the zzzzzz’s they need?

Jodi Mindell
Overall in the United States, children are going to bed too late and not getting enough sleep. Learn how to help kids get more sleep in this USA TODAY article featuring Dr. Jodi Mindell.

Purdue study seeks to improve early diagnosis of autism using sleep patterns

A.J. Swichtenberg
In a study from Purdue University, researchers work toward improving tools for early and accurate diagnosis of autism. Read and listen to this story on WBAA NPR to learn how infant sleep patterns are helping in these efforts.

Increasing sleep just a dream for new mothers

Robyn Stremler
Although there were clear indicators in a pilot study that providing families with guidance related to sleep improved sleep for mothers and babies in the first six weeks of life, there were no improvements in sleep associated with this intervention when the research was expanded. Despite appreciating the nurse-delivered information and follow-ups, families did not seem to sleep better than other families who did not get those follow-ups.

Staying Up Late

Watch a news piece on adolescent sleep.