Different sleep training methods

Baby Sleep Expert Kim West, LCSW-C, shares advice for parents on the 4 most common sleep training methods for infants
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Different sleep training methods

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There are basically four different types of sleep training methods. I know there are a lot of books out there, but behavioral science wise there are only four. So the first one is extinction, meaning put the baby in awake and don´t go in all night long. The other one is called gradual extinction. So you go in and you check on them in timed increments, five, 10, 15 minute increments. The other method is fading, which is the one I tend to recommend, where you stay with your child offering physical and verbal reassurance to help them go to sleep and then you slowly move out. And then the last one is doing nothing, which believe or not is a method because making no decision is still a decision and it´s still something you do. And then, I find that those parents hope that their child will naturally outgrow the problem, which usually it doesn´t work that way but sometimes it can. So those are the four most common sleep training methods.

Baby Sleep Expert Kim West, LCSW-C, shares advice for parents on the 4 most common sleep training methods for infants

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Kim West, LCSW-C

Psychotherapist & Author, The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight

Kim West is a mother of two and a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) who has been a practicing child and family social worker for more than 19 years. Known as The Sleep Lady by her clients, over the past 12 years she has helped thousands of tired parents all over the world learn to listen to their intuition, recognize their child’s important cues and behaviors, and gently create changes that promote and preserve his or her healthy sleep habits. 

West has appeared on the Dr. Phil, Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby  and CNN, and has been written about in a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Baby Talk,  Parenting, The Baltimore Sun, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Irish Independent and the Washington Post. West hosts the sleep section of The Newborn Channel, played in maternity wards in hospitals across the country. West is the author of The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy with Joanne Kenen. She is also the author of 52 Sleep Secrets for Babies and The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook.

Kim received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She lives with her family in Annapolis, Maryland.

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