Controlled Crying: What does the research say?

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Mouths of Mums has published my article “Controlled Crying, the truth, mostly the truth, and some opinion“: Ever felt like a bad Mum for trying controlled crying? Or not doing controlled crying, but leaving you and your child constantly sleep deprived? Me too. Here’s what the research says so you …

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PR-P004: Bed time routine modelling (and other uses of modelling)

Show Notes: Bed Time Routine Modelling This episode introduced a couple of ways that I have used modelling to familiarise my kids with a new bed time routine. I then present modelling principles based on Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory. Finally, I touch on some other potential uses for modelling. Links …

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PR-P003: 5 Research-based Sleep Training Methods

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Cry it out and controlled crying are commonly recommended for addressing sleep problems. There are alternative sleep training methods. Mindell and colleagues (2006) reviewed research on 5 approaches (including cry it out and controlled crying). They concluded that each approach was much more effective than no intervention at reducing bedtime …

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Sleep-training technique: Gradual withdrawal

Another sleep-training technique is gradual withdrawal (1), which is similar to the camp out method, but allows more interaction when Baby is distressed. Gradual withdrawal involves 3 steps: Distinguish needs (e.g. Nappy change), from wants (e.g. Comfort sucking). Attempt to meet needs not pander to wants. Prepare a series of …

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Feed your baby to sleep – The possums sleep intervention new recommendations

Feed your baby to sleep

Don’t feed or rock your baby to sleep is common advice. A new take on the same theory suggests that this advice is flawed. As detailed here, the dominant theory is that feeding or rocking can become associated with sleep. The concern is that the parent is then required for …

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  • Sleep Options Wizard (for 0-5 year olds)

    Take steps towards solving your child’s behavioural sleep issues now. The Sleep Options Wizard (for 0-5 year olds) specialises in addressing bed-time struggles, night-wakings, extended night wakings, waking too early, and transitioning to a bed or a separate room. Suggestions are tailored to your child’s age, your situation, and your family. Answer the Wizard’s questions about your child’s sleep, and your family preferences, and he will give you suggestions on the spot.