Effectiveness of Stopping Feeding at Night for Sleep Training

Based on the results of two reviewed studies, they both support that stop feeding and holding your baby at night is effective in training babies to sleep through the night.

One study indicated that babies woke up less often (one study shows from 4 times a week at 3 months to 2 times a week at 9 months after a 6-month intervention; another study shows from 4.5 times to 1.5 times per night after a 2-week intervention). 

Regarding concerns about its possible negative impacts on children's emotional development, based on 1 reviewed longitudinal study, sleeping training during infancy has no long-term negative influences on children’s mental health, behavior problems, or parent-child bonding.   

Created on November 21 2015 at 08: 00 AM

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1: "Preventing Sleep Problems In Infants: A Randomized Controlled Trial," Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 1996, by SM Kerr, SA Jowett, LN Smith. (Citations: 106).

BACKGROUND Sleep problems m pre-school children are common Previous research has demonstrated that 22% of 9-monthold children have settling difficulties and that 42% wake regularly at night (Galbraith et al 1993) It has been shown that disturbance to a child's ...

2: "Improving Day And Night Sleep Problems In Infants By Changing Day Time Sleep Rhythm: A Single Group Before And After Study," International Journal Of Nursing Studies, 2005, by A Skuladottir, M Thome, A Ramel. (Citations: 15).

This study explores the duration and timing of day time waking periods required for sleep disturbed infants to improve day and night sleep. Seventy-nine sleep disturbed outpatients with day and night sleep problems were investigated before and two weeks after a brief ...



1: "Five-Year Follow-Up Of Harms And Benefits Of Behavioral Infant Sleep Intervention: Randomized Trial," Pediatrics, 2012, by AMH Price, M Wake, OC Ukoumunne, H Hiscock. (Citations: 29).

Randomized trials have demonstrated the short- to medium-term effectiveness of behavioral infant sleep interventions. However, concerns persist that they may harm children’s emotional development and subsequent mental health. This study aimed to determine long-term harms and/or benefits of an infant behavioral sleep program at age 6 years on (1) child, (2) child-parent, and (3) maternal outcomes.


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