‘It’s Just a Little Cortisol’: Why Rises in Cortisol Matter to Infant Development

2019-03-28T22:23:56-04:00

The dismissal of the importance of a rise in cortisol on the developing brain is very popular with extinction sleep training apologists. Although we do not know the exact influences, there are reasons to be cautious of this dismissal, which ignores key evolutionary and biological information.

‘It’s Just a Little Cortisol’: Why Rises in Cortisol Matter to Infant Development2019-03-28T22:23:56-04:00

Distress, Self-Soothing, and Extinction Sleep Training

2019-03-28T22:23:56-04:00

The premise behind extinction sleep training is that infants (and toddlers) are being taught to "self-soothe"; however, this ignores key points of what self-soothing abilities can be expected from children and how distressed they are at the time of separation. Instead of focusing on these extinction methods, gentler methods that respect where the child is developmentally should be considered.

Distress, Self-Soothing, and Extinction Sleep Training2019-03-28T22:23:56-04:00

Stress-Release Crying

2019-03-28T22:24:00-04:00

The topic of stress-release crying is a tricky one because people's understanding of it is lacking. The fact remains that even infants who experience this type of crying need to be responded to and supported during this time.

Stress-Release Crying2019-03-28T22:24:00-04:00