Facts About Sleep

What are the BENEFITS of achieving consolidated night sleep by following The ABCs of Sleep’s step-by-step approach to full nights in the crib?

  • Several studies have shown that babies with more efficient nighttime sleep have higher cognitive scores.
  • Babies that sleep more at night have been found to have an “easier” temperament, are more approachable, less distractible, and more adaptable.
  • In multiple studies, parents noted that their babies were more secure, predictable, less irritable, and less fussy after they followed a sleep plan like this one.
  • Children with good sleeping skills test higher in math and science later in life.
  • Children who learned the skill of sleeping as babies have a lower chance of being diagnosed with ADD, ADHD and other processing disorders later in life.
  • Rested moms have less incidence of postpartum depression, marital difficulty, and overall stress. A mother suffering from depression may not be able to be emotionally available, sensitive, and responsive to her baby. Research shows this sleep plan is not only good for baby, but for mom too.
  • Children have an unchanged level of cortisol (the stress hormone) before and after sleep training.
  • Studies prove that following a sleep plan like Cara teaches does NOT harm parent-child attachment. In fact, rested parents report increased bonding with their babies.
  • Please know with sleep training, you are NOT just “turning off” his crying. Cara teaches you how to be responsive and reassuring to your little one while teaching him to sleep through the night.

REFERENCES

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