Helping Baby Sleep: Does Extinction Sleep Training Improve Baby’s Sleep?

Many people report trying extinction methods of sleep training to "help" their baby sleep better, but what does research tell us in terms of the efficacy of these methods for baby's sleep? Does the reasoning hold up?

Sleep Training Yourself

For those families considering extinction sleep training methods, I want to ask them to try something first. Something that I hope will change their minds.

“No Bedsharing Under Four Months of Age”: The AAP Evidence

The AAP recently suggested that bedsharing should never occur with infants under 4 months of age, leaving many breastfeeding families wondering what they should do for sleep. I look at the evidence for this recommendation to see if it holds up.

Acute Stress Affects Cognition in Infancy

New research examines the effects of acute stress on cognitive functions in infants. Contrary to the idea that "a bit of stress is good for them", this research finds that stress inhibits flexible thinking.

Controlled Crying, Cortisol, and Attachment: A Critical Look

New research is making the rounds claiming that there are no negative effects to controlled crying, and the press is lapping it up. The question is: Does the claim hold up?

Stress and Extinction Sleep Training: It’s Not So Simple

When you talk about stress and sleep training, you often get two polarized views: Either the stress is so great it has to cause irreparable harm or it's fine or even beneficial. Yet neither really captures the whole story.

New Research: Does Solitary Sleep Increase the Risk for Insecure Attachment?

For the majority of human history, we have shared sleep with our infants which has led some researchers to speculate that this is related to the development of secure attachment, but this has yet to be studied... until now. The results may surprise some people.

Why the Conflicting Results on Bedsharing Risk?

It seems that messages on bedsharing differ depending on where you are. If everyone is looking at the same evidence, why are they coming to different conclusions? A look at the research suggests not everyone is looking at it the same way...