South Florida Sleep Training
The Science Behind Sleep Training
There is a lot of talk around sleep training and everyone has their options on the subject. However, I find there is a lack of credible resources and information out there for parents looking to get an unbiased view of sleep training and everything involved. While “sleep training” does not have a strict definition, I have found that it has meant something different to each parent I have encountered, whether they have sleep trained or not.
If you know me, then you know I’m not a fan of the word “training”. Why? Because I do not train babies or children to sleep. I work with parents to find their family’s happy sleep place. How we get there and what that looks like, is different for every family I work with. However, I know the term “sleep training” has a lot of negative associations and mixed reviews in the parenting world.
My goal has always been to educate and empower parents to do what is right for their family. So, to that end, I want to provide more education on the topic of sleep training for parents who may not be sure if it’s something they’re interested in or comfortable taking on.
There is a lot of unanswered questions and possible concerns for parents who may have heard all sorts of things about sleep training. So, I’m here today to offer some unbiased information from third party websites that I am not affiliated with in any way. These websites will give you scientific data and information about sleep training without any intention of trying to sell you anything. So, you can decide if sleep training is right for you and your family.
First up is a great article by National Public Radio (NPR) about sleep training. This article does a great job giving you the basics about sleep training, discussing various options for training as well as the pros and cons of sleep training.
This next article is great, as it discusses the concerns of most parents when it comes to sleep training – the crying and the stress. This is an educational article that approaches the entire subject of crying and stress from a scientific point of view. Dr. Alice Callahan, mom and researcher, gives you all the facts (good and bad) based on research studies about sleep training and the potential stress and crying that comes with it.
Change can be a scary and difficult for anyone, babies and adults alike. Fear of changing things with your little one and fear of crying is a big reason parents don’t make any changes around their child sleep. If you’re concerned about crying or hearing your little one cry is unbearable, as it is for most parents, this is an amazing article discussing types of crying, causes of crying and appropriate responses.
Maybe you’re the type of parent that enjoys reading research studies, like my husband, who just loves doing research. Good news, I have included several links relating to infant sleep training. Although there are many more studies, here are a few that are popular:
- Australian Study: Adverse Associations of Infant and Child Sleep Problems and Parent Health
- Canadian Family Physician Journal: Evidence for Infant Sleep Training
- NCBI Journal: Improving Infant Sleep and Maternal Mental Health
- NCBI Journal: Harms and Benefits of Behavioral Infant Sleep Intervention
Every parent and grandparent will be happy to tell you what worked for their child or their opinion on the topic of sleep. While it’s nice to share family experiences, it’s important to NEVER compare! Do not compare your family, your child, your parenting style, your relationship or any of it to anyone else’s experiences! You and your family are unique, so just because it worked for your friend or your mother said it’s what she did, get the facts and make the best decision for you and your family.
I support my families to find their happy sleep place, no matter what that looks like! Let’s take the stress of sleep away and work together to find what works for your family.
He has learned to put himself back to sleep and we never thought that would happen, it has been simply amazing! We used to be the parents who got no sleep, now our friends are jealous that he sleeps so many hours through the night and their child doesn’t!I brag to EVERYONE about how well he sleeps and that we have a life again!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I never dreamed I would sleep through the night for 8 hours again! You are awesome!
I purchased the sleep program a few weeks ago and I am absolutely satisfied. The change was INSTANT, the same night I started the program was the night he started sleeping better and he keeps improving.
My wife and I are also sleeping better and we a better parents for it as we are able to enjoy our new son. Thank you for all your help. I will definitely recommend this system to any new parents
From 2 proud and well rested parents (and one cute little boy)
It’s been a blessing for me and my husband, but of course also for her, since she wakes up very happy and goes about her day happier than ever and as active as always, too. Again, congratulations on your new baby girl and thank you for your wonderful program. Wish you all the best all the way from San Juan, Puerto Rico.