Will sleep training be harmful for my baby?

This is a question I get asked all the time, there is so much information on the internet it can really scare parents into not getting help with their child's sleep issues. I am passionate about knowledge and I have done a considerable amount of research into the effects of crying and damage caused by leaving a baby to cry (there is an assumption that is what sleep training involves, leaving babies/infants to cry). Yes, there is valid research that leaving babies/infants to cry for prolonged periods of time, day after day will damage their nervous system. But what we are talking about here is severely neglected babies/infants.

Sleep training should not, and certainly the sleep training I do, does not involve leaving babies/infants to cry for prolonged periods of time. And, just as importantly there is a significant amount of research that has proven that a lack of consistent sleep does in fact delay children’s’ development and compromise their immune system.

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