The primary reason people seem to visit this blog, judging by the stats, is for a series of posts I did putting together all the research I could find in scientific journals on baby sleep, including the effectiveness of methods for inducing sleep, and the possible side-effects of those methods (with a particular focus on techniques involving leaving a baby to cry). I make the disclaimer that I am no expert in this area - but I do cite all my sources, which is a lot more than most so-called 'sleep experts' do. I am also not trying to sell you anything and am not affiliated with anyone or anything that might mean I give the facts a particular slant. While I followed what might be described as 'attachment parenting' during the first year, from about 13 months I used controlled crying to get my baby to sleep.
- Sleep Research Part 1: What is a normal sleep?
- Sleep Research Part 2: Effectiveness of controlled crying
- Sleep Research Part 3: Risks of controlled crying
- Sleep Research Part 4: Non-crying methods of teaching a baby to sleep
- Save Our Baby... From Tizzie Hall (this post is an overview of different approaches advocated by popular 'sleep experts' and where you can basically get the same tips and tricks for free)
- Weissbluth v Gethin and McGregor (comparing the work of one of the key proponents of early sleep training and one of the key books presenting a case against controlled crying)
- Use of sleep methods - an intensely personal choice (applying the research to your own situation)