“Controlled comforting” and “camping out”, examples of training methods for infant sleep training, are safe for babies, improve their sleep, and lower short-term symptoms of maternal depressionPediatrics


“We wanted to find out if the benefits were really long lasting and if there were any long term effects.”

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  • Controlled comforting – children’s cries were responded to at increased time intervals. The aim was to give the child the opportunity to settle down on their own.
  • Camping out – the parent sits while they learn to fall asleep on their own. Gradually, the parents remove themselves from the baby’s room.

“Behavioral sleep techniques have no marked long-lasting effects (positive or negative). Parents and health professionals can confidently use these techniques to reduce the short- to medium-term burden of infant sleep problems and maternal depression.”