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Sleep training is not easy. It isn’t fun, either. It takes a lot of mental focus and emotional fortitude. You have this great unknown. You are tired. And to top it all off? You have plenty of people out there telling you that you are a terrible and selfish person for even wanting your baby to sleep well, much less actively working toward that goal.
There are a lot of studies that discuss the importance of sleep and the benefits of sleep. Please do not feel guilt for trying to help your child be a good sleeper.
“According to a study from the University of Colorado Boulder discovered that children who didn’t take their afternoon nap didn’t display much joy and interest, had a higher level of anxiety, and lower problem solving skills compared to other children who napped regularly.” from “Napping Can Dramatically Increase Learning, Memory, Awareness, and More“
I have compiled some articles and information on sleep training to help you know you are not alone and to see how others do it. Sleep training usually looks a little different for everyone, as it should because each baby is a unique individual.
I have compiled a bunch of articles on sleep training. I have some of my posts mixed in with other articles. I hope this can serve as a resource for you as you embark on sleep training.
Studies on Sleep Training
- Improving infant sleep and maternal mental health: a cluster randomised trial
- Five-Year Follow-up of Harms and Benefits of Behavioral Infant Sleep Intervention: Randomized Trial
- The Pediatrics Cry It Out Study
- Baby Sleep Training Methods Safe for Infants [STUDY]
- Study: Letting baby ‘cry it out’ won’t cause damage
Sleep Training and Stress
- Critics of Cry-It-Out Fundamentally Misunderstand How Stress Affects the Brain
- Is Sleep Training Child Abuse?
- Stress, Cortisol, and Getting Your Baby To Sleep
- Helping Babies Cope With Stress and Learn to Sleep
- Sleep Training and Trust
- It’s time to take the guilt out of sleep training
- 16 Things All Parents Need to Know About the ‘Cry It Out’ Method
Tips for Sleep Training
These are some great books to consult for sleep training. These are affiliate links (it doesn’t raise your price at all).