Thanks to a new study out this week, we have some guidance for tired parents.
The study is summarized in a story in the Huffington Post.
The study looked at two methods: Letting babies “cry it out” with occasionally check-ins to comfort the child. The second method was to “camp out” next to the crib and then cutback the parent’s presence over time.
Here’s what one OHSU expert said in the article:
“The key to both of these methods is that you put the child down when he or she is drowsy, but awake,” said Dr. Kyle Johnson, a pediatric sleep specialist with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University. “You have them fall asleep on their own at bedtime. It’s a learned behavior.”