The term "sleep training" has sparked a lot of conversation and, unfortunately, this term has been linked with only one method: cry it out. Because of this, passionate opinion holders against crying it out erupt whenever sleep training is mentioned. The truth is, there is more than one way to train your baby to sleep at appropriate times and for recommended periods. And yes, there are approaches that are cry free methods. Without proper education on what sleep training means, many parents could miss out on the amazing things that happen between you and your baby when you sleep train.
According to the website for the National Sleep Foundation, "babies, children, and teens need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development." So if your baby isn't logging the amount of hours necessary to grow and develop in a healthy way, she made need your help learning how to relax, go to sleep, and stay asleep. Although this undertaking requires dedication and patience, the long term results are worth the effort.
An added bonus to giving your child the gift of quality sleep is all the cool moments and special times you share along the way in those dreamy twilight hours. So, if you're on the fence about sleep training, consider all these amazing things that happen between you and your baby when you take it on.