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I stumbled upon a post giving “8 Reasons to Avoid Sleep Training Your Baby”. I recomend reading it, but the basic points are that sleep training your baby is not fair to the baby, doesn’t actually work, is dangerous and can ruin the baby’s trust in and connection with her parents.

I found the post very compelling and truthful. She is absolutely right on all her points. However, only in regards to methods of sleep training where parents are told to let their baby “cry-it-out” or “self soothe”. It saddened me that there was no mention of any method of sleep coaching (or sleep training – as she calls it) that doesn’t create all of these issues.

When I decided to use a sleep consultant with my own children, and when I help other parents with sleep coaching, the issue driving me most is the child’s wellbeing, his connection with his parents, and the parents’ wellbeing. I help parents to naturally, gently and gradually teach their children good sleeping habits without EVER letting them cry or loose their trust in them. I give parents the tools to deal with any sleeping issues that may arise in the future, so that their child continues to have good sleep habits.

I hope that people reading the above mentioned post will not despair and feel as if their only alternative is to continue the bad sleep situation they are currently in, but find alternative and healthy ways to help their babies and themselves sleep better.