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Is Sleep Training Necessary?


A sleep-trained baby

When a new baby enters the picture, there are many questions and concerns that often arise from parents who want to do the best for their children. One question many parents have is wondering if sleep training is necessary, and if their baby will be affected one way or the other. The internet often provides conflicting information on this topic, so we’ll dive into common myths surrounding sleep training, and how you can make the right choice for your child.  


Common Myths about Sleep Training a Baby

When it comes to raising kids, there are so many common myths you’ll hear as a parent. Do babies need to be bathed daily? Are the Terrible 2’s a real thing? Are breastfed babies smarter? With regard to sleep training a baby, let’s separate fact from fiction and explore some consistent myths. 


Myth #1: Sleep training is just the cry-it-out method

While the cry-it-out approach can be one form of sleep training, there are far more gentler methods to sleep training that do not involve leaving the child to cry alone in their room. In fact, the cry-it-out method is widely considered to be an old way of thinking. Today, sleep training encompasses a wide range of approaches that gently teach a baby to sleep on their own, with plenty of consistent support from their parents.


Myth #2: Sleep training is a long process

One of the most common questions that sleep training consultants receive from parents is “how long does sleep training take?” And the answer is that most babies can be successfully sleep trained in just 3 to 5 days. 


Contrary to popular belief, sleep training a baby does not have to be a long and difficult process for parents. But if you’ve tried all the online tips and tricks to no avail, it may be necessary to reach out to a San Francisco sleep training consultant like Evi Kantor who can provide you with all the tools you need to sleep train your infant. 


Myth #3: Sleep training can cause harm

Some parents wonder if sleep training their babies can cause long-term harm. Even today, the cry-it-out method in particular has had a largely negative effect on parents’ perceptions of sleep training. However, study after study has proven that there are no measurable health or emotional disparities between children who were sleep trained, and those who were not. Plus, parents can choose the precise sleep training approach they are comfortable with.


Benefits of Sleep Training a Baby

One of the main goals of sleep training is to establish healthy sleep patterns that contribute to a better night’s rest for your child. Sticking to consistent bedtime routines helps to build a consistent nightly structure for babies and lends to calmer nights for both infants and parents. In other words, when your child sleeps well through the night, you can too. This lends to another major benefit of sleep training, which is the improved sleep that parents, caregivers, and other family members in the home can enjoy. This offers a long-term, positive impact on familial relationships in the home. 


Sleep Training Services in San Francisco

Deciding whether or not to sleep train a baby is a personal choice that every young family must make. If your baby is having trouble sleeping through the night in a way that’s impacting the well-being of the entire family, it may be time to reach out to a professional sleep training consultant. For gentle and effective sleep training support in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area, reach out to Evi Kantor at (415) 828-6111 today.


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