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 looks at cortisol patterns in infants, toddlers, and children as they adapt to new daycare situations. The findings aren't encouraging, but should be considered in the larger framework of research on child care.
Transitioning to a new caregiver can be hard for everyone involved. If you have the time to transition slowly, these four steps can help avoid dreaded crying fits when you leave and help your child remain secure and comfortable.