Pediatrician Dr. Michelle Stanford from Aurora, CO talks about the best practices to get healthy sleep for children from newborns to teenagers. She covers what the evidence says about attachment parenting vs. sleep training, different options for parents to try to fix sleep problems, and the factors that are most important for making sure children get the best sleep possible.

Recommended resources:
Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool Emily Oster
Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems Richard Ferber
On Becoming Babywise Robert Bucknam and Garry Ezzo
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child Marc Weissbluth

Top 3 Take-Aways:
1. Each family has to look soberly at the pros and cons at the different ways of raising kids, and people will reasonably pick different things.
2. It only takes about three nights to do sleep training.
3. Dr. Mullally recommends against the “extinction method” while waiting in the room. You’re not a better parent just because you’re suffering more.


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