Evolution, Crying, and the Fallacy of a Different Environment

I hear people argue all the time that we don't need to be as responsive to our children because there aren't wild animals anymore. We couldn't be looking at the issue any more wrong if we tried.

Creating “Bad” Habits?

Used to being told you're creating "bad habits" by doing things like nurse your child to sleep or respond to their cries? If so, this post is for you - I won't tell you to change these behaviours, but rather to look at them as they are: biologically normal.

5 Tips for Dealing with a Crying Baby

We all know to put a crying baby down and walk away if we are at risk of harming them. But what if we set things up that we reduced the risk of ever getting that frustrated? Here are 5 tips to do just that.

The Thing About Trauma (And Its Relationship to CIO)

Is crying-it-out traumatic for a child? Yes. With this in mind, what does it mean for our promotion of it? Is it short-term pain for long-term gain or should we possibly think a little (okay, a lot) differently?

Distraction, Redirection, and Responsiveness

Here I want to lay out some critical distinctions between what it means to distract, redirect, or respond to a child, what it looks like, and whether or not each method works, according to research.

Lies and Damn Lies: Babies Cry for No Reason

One of the biggest problems facing modern parenting is the idea that babies will cry for no reason. It undermines responsiveness, parental efficacy, and hurts the parent-child dyad. That, and it's a load of...

“Fake” Crying in Infancy

Recent research has identified "fake crying" in late infancy. What does this mean? How should parents respond? Here's a look at the research and what it means.

Reasons Babies Cry and Wake at Night

It saddens me that this needs to be written but it does. Too many media outlets and "baby experts" are out there telling parents to ignore their instincts and their babies.

Simple Ways to Calm a Crying Baby

Helping an infant return to sleep easily, then, is an essential gift to give our infants—as well as an important goal for parents who need to rest. The science of nighttime care provides a good foundation for parents trying to calm their babies. It clarifies what is important to know about calming babies and why certain types of calming are most likely to be helpful.

The “Difficult” Baby: Part Two

In this part, we’re going to look at the last piece of pertinent information—viewing the difficult infant as a ‘plastic’ infant—and then finishing with a look at what we can do going forward.