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Sleep Training (Part 2)

Sleep Training (Part 2)

Problems with the research PART 2. ⠀⠀
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If you know anything about appraising research, you probably know you can find research to support any opinion or position. It’s important to take a look at the design: the methods, the outcomes being measured, any biases to determine whether there are flaws in the study. Yes, you will find some studies that support the use of CIO techniques for infants. The problem is that, with this particular science that is used to promote behaviorism-based interventions, the questions and outcomes that are being addressed may not tell us what we need to know. Most of this science is based on effectiveness, which in the case of infant sleep really is whether baby stopped crying. ⠀⠀
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These kinds of simplistic, behavior-based questions and outcomes are becoming more & more common even among parents:⠀⠀
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“How do I get baby to sleep longer stretches?”⠀⠀
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“How do I train my baby to fall asleep independently?”⠀⠀
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“How do I teach my baby to self soothe?” ⠀⠀
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“How do I get my baby to stop nursing at night?”⠀⠀
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I get questions like this all the time, and I honestly sometimes don’t even know where to start because these questions lack really important context about emotional development and what normal infant sleep looks like. The same is true of much of this research. ⠀⠀
The problem is we have been misinformed and we no longer have an understanding of basic infant development & wellness. ⠀⠀
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If we did, we’d understand that babies are designed to wake at night, nursing to sleep is normal and beneficial, cries are forms of communication, and babies are incapable of self-regulation. Then maybe our questions would change to:⠀⠀
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“How can I best facilitate a healthy attachment relationship with my child?”⠀⠀
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“How can I build my village so that I can support my child’s needs at night AND take care of my own mental health?”⠀⠀
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“Are there long term emotional impacts of leaving my child to cry alone in his crib?” ⠀⠀
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“What level of support do I need to provide to my child to help them develop the skill of self-regulation?” ⠀⠀
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“Is it beneficial for baby to nurse at night throughout the first year?”

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