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A Guide to the New Rules of Parenting: Why Babies Can't Sleep on Their Stomach and More

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dad sleep training an infant

Sleeping Through the Night


What's Out: Leaving a young baby to "cry it out" or self-soothe for a long period of time

What's In: Employing a gentle "sleep training" method

Why? These days, when it's time to get a baby to sleep through the night, parents turn to a wide variety of "sleep training" methods, which span the spectrum between attachment parenting techniques to short "cry-it-out" intervals for babies. The main idea is to establish a structured yet gentle routine for baby rather than let him tough it out. The good news is, a recent Pediatrics study indicates that infant sleep-training techniques (even those involving 'cry-it-out' intervals) don't have a long-term effect on a child's emotional development or the parent/child relationship. Phew! (By the way, pacifiers are still A-okay!)

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