Study finds improved infant sleep with graduated extinction method

Study finds improved infant sleep with graduated extinction method

An Australian study in Pediatrics found that babies who underwent the graduated extinction method, or cried themselves to sleep, fell asleep an average of 13 minutes earlier and had fewer night-time awakenings, compared with those in the control group, while those who received the bedtime fading method fell asleep 10 minutes earlier on average but had an unchanged number of night-time awakenings, compared with the controls. The findings, based on a randomized control trial involving 43 infants, ages 6 months to 16 months, also showed no differences in emotional, behavioral or parental attachment problems across all groups after 12 months.

NBC News/Today (5/24),  CTV.ca (Canada) (5/24)