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April 22, 2009


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"There is no one method that's been empirically proven to be any better than another."

That statement is soooo liberating. Thank you.

There's nothing that drives you more crazy than the nagging doubt that the method you choose to get your little one to sleep will somehow damage them for the long run. It's one thing to affirm your decisions when you are rested, relaxed and generally optimistic. But when you're sleep-deprived, stressed and feeling like there will be no end, that statement alone is worth repeating to yourself.

Looking forward to reading the book & following the blog!

@milliner: I hear you! It was incredibly freeing for me to learn the same thing, a few years ago. I'm going to figure out how to link to a few studies that will make this point loud and clear. There's no clear evidence AT ALL that anything we do in terms of sleep-training (within reason of course, I'm not talking about abusive tactics or complete neglect) has any significant long-term impact on kids' development.

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