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Does the Ferber Method work for most parents in terms of getting their baby to sleep through the night?

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If it's difficult for you stay away from your baby when she cries, going with this method may not be the best choice. Studies show that, even if parents make it through the first night or two, they usually find that enforcing sleep this way is too stressful. Many parents were not able to ignore their babies long enough or consistently enough for them to stop crying and eventually fall asleep on their own.

SOURCES:

Mindell, J. Sleep, 2006; vol 29: pp 1263-1276.

Mindell, J. Sleeping Through the Night, Revised Edition: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep. HarperCollins Publishers; 2005.

KidsHealth.org: "Sleep and Newborns."

Mindell, J. Sleep, May 1, 2009; vol 32: pp 599-606.

Ferber, R. Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems: New, Revised. Fireside; 2006. 

HealthyChildren.org: "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," and news release: "AAP Expands Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety and SIDS Risk Reduction."

Franco, P. Pediatrics, May 1, 2005; vol 115: pp 1307-1311.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Mindell, J. Sleep, 2006; vol 29: pp 1263-1276.

Mindell, J. Sleeping Through the Night, Revised Edition: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep. HarperCollins Publishers; 2005.

KidsHealth.org: "Sleep and Newborns."

Mindell, J. Sleep, May 1, 2009; vol 32: pp 599-606.

Ferber, R. Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems: New, Revised. Fireside; 2006. 

HealthyChildren.org: "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," and news release: "AAP Expands Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety and SIDS Risk Reduction."

Franco, P. Pediatrics, May 1, 2005; vol 115: pp 1307-1311.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 7, 2019

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