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What is 'sleep training'?

Sleep training is the name given to a number of techniques directed at babies who wake up often and cannot go back to sleep by themselves. The rationale behind this approach is that a parent who rushes to a crying baby's bed is actually re-enforcing the unwanted behavior (crying) and is not giving the baby the chance to learn how to 'self-soothe' or 'self-settle' back to sleep without help. Thus, sleep training consists of the parent refraining from comforting a baby who has woken up and is crying.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Insomnia (sleep problems)

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