An article published in USA Today has added fuel to an already-raging fire -- the debate over co-sleeping. The article references a study which found that while the number of SIDS-related deaths has dropped by over 50% in the past two decades (since the introduction of the “Back to Sleep” campaign in 1994 began discouraging tummy sleeping), the drop has plateaued recently. What’s more, the number of SIDS-related deaths as a result of co-sleeping is actually on the rise.
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Recently, I had a client tell me that another sleep consultant was leading her towards Cry It Out by telling her something like "If you are in the room, that is like holding an aspirin in front of someone with a headache." and how cruel that is. This was an interesting statement that made me pause to consider whether this other consultant was right. Let's discuss! Let's go back to you teaching your child how to ride a bike without training wheels (and why crying is sometimes part of sleep
We've talked about how Babywise may or may not be right for your baby's sleep, why Pantley's No Cry Sleep Solution doesn't always work, and about Dr. Sears and Weissbluth's online chat about baby sleep. This article will talk about the differences and similarities between Ferber and Weissbluth and which one may be better (or not) for your baby's sleep. Who are Ferber and Weissbluth? Most people know Ferber's name because of the now popular term "Ferberizing," a method for sleep training your
We have a variety of sample baby sleep and feeding schedules, but how do you put your baby on a sleep or nap schedule, anyway? Your strategy for implementing a baby's nap schedule will depend on the age of your baby. Here are some tips: 4 month old baby Your 4 month old baby will have limited ability to be on a true by-the-clock schedule. Your best way to add predictability and structure to your day is to follow more of a routine rather than a schedule. Your routine may be something like
It's inevitable. You have a baby and almost everyone around you will have advice about how to raise him or her. Some are nice about it trying to offer helpful tips while others criticize you and warn you what a big mistake you're making when you do x, y, or z. I believe most people are trying to help (call me an optimist), but most people are telling you what worked for them and their baby. If you've read The Baby Sleep Site® at all, you know that our philosophy is that all babies are indeed
About a month ago Drs. Sears and Weissbluth both participated in an online chat with Chicago Tribune's health reporter, Julie Deardorff. I think back to a few key points raised in the chat that still surprise me how disconnected doctors can be to parents. Perhaps it's because it's been a long time since they've been parents to young babies. Or, perhaps being doctors tend to give you a more scientific approach rather than a practical one. Either way, there are a few key points this article is