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Compassionate Sleep Training

A new study says it’s OK to let your baby cry it out so they’ll learn to sleep through the night.  After much debate about whether this particular sleep training technique causes children any long-term psychological harm, scientists tracked a group of kids up to age six and determined that, “nope…they’ll be just fine.” On the one hand, I’m very glad to hear that, because one of my daughters was an all-nighter who couldn’t sleep without lots of help and eventually, a couple days of cry-it-out-sleep training.

Sleep Deprived Mama

This week’s news about infant sleep training reminded me of my own sleep-deprived first year as a mom. My son was not a great sleeper. In fact, he was a terrible sleeper. I had heard from friends that the first few months were going to be rough, but the same people said, “But don’t worry, by three months he’ll sleep through the night.” Well, three months came and went and then four and then five.

Study: OK For Babies To Cry It Out

A new study says that a few tears won't hurt babies when learning to fall asleep on their own, according to Time magazine.

On The Clock

The next time you need to schedule a vaccination for your baby, opt for an afternoon appointment. A new study found that infants slept more during the next 24 hours if they got their shots later in the day—and a long, sound sleep is believed to boost a vaccine's effectiveness.

Sleep Like A Baby?

This month I attended an event celebrating the release of the latest book from pediatrician Harvey Karp, M.D., The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions For Kids From Birth to 5 Years. If you’re not already familiar with Karp, you should be.

Get On The Sleep Train

If getting your baby to sleep is a singing, rocking and jiggling process that’s exhausting the whole family, you may want to consider sleep training. “The process involves teaching your baby a new way of going to sleep, usually from being rocked or fed to sleep to falling asleep in her crib,” says Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., author of Sleep Deprived No More (Da Capo Press).

Buyer Beware When It Comes to Crib Bedding

A new report from MSNBC and the Today show reveals that retail stores across the United States are continuing to actively promote soft and cushy baby bedding and sleep products despite repeated warnings from health officials against using anything in cribs except a flat sheet.

Don't Pass on the Pacifiers

A new study says it's time to bring back the binky (or paci, chewie or whatever it's called in your house), reports.

Swaddling: How to Wrap Your Baby Right

Swaddling your newborn may help her wake less at night, sleep longer and calm her crying, but improper technique could have an unintended side effect: hip dysplasia, or problems with the hip joint, according to some pediatric orthopedists. Seventeen percent of newborns have some degree of “immaturity” of their hips, studies show, which usually resolves on its own in the first few months of life. While this happens to coincide with prime swaddling time, it’s safe to wrap your baby as long as the hips can move and bend, experts agree.

Cry-It-Out Method

In an interview with Robert Sears, M.D., author of The Portable Pediatrician book and app, we asked about the practice of letting a baby “cry it out,” and he made some interesting points: “Newborn babies are just no