Getting an Infant to Sleep: Graduated Extinction and Sleep Fading Are Effective
Am Fam Physician. 2016 Nov 1;94(9):750.
Which method of getting an infant to sleep causes less stress in infants and parents?
This study found that graduated extinction (increasing intervals between comforting the infant) and sleep fading (putting the child to bed progressively later until the parent finds the sweet spot) are both effective at decreasing sleep latency and the number of awakenings and decreasing maternal and infant stress. Neither approach affected the likelihood of secure child-parent attachment. (Level of Evidence = 1b−)
This study included 43 infants six to 16 months of age (63% girls) and their parents who were
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