Latest Sleep Training Findings Show It's Just a Form of Torture

sleeping babyI'm not a fan of letting babies cry it out. I've always responded to my kids' cries in the night and never did any increments of timed crying when putting them to bed. But if sleep training has worked for you, I don't think you are an evil dragon breathing fire into babies faces in the night. Let's just sort of agree to disagree. I'm still going to tell you about this new study though. It may come as a bit of a jolt to CIO parents, but the latest study is saying that whether or not a kid sleeps through the night is a genetic thing. Which makes any kind of training seem torturous.

Sleep training debunked by latest study saying sleeping through the night is a genetic thing. Babies are predispositioned to either be good sleepers allowing mommy and daddy plenty of zzzs or they are born to make you into a zombie.

Jacques Montplaisir, MD, PhD, of Sacré-Coeur Hospital in Montreal, studied 995 sets of twins (405 identical) 6 months of age to 2 years old and discovered that genes played the biggest role in getting kids to sleep. Genetics was shown to affect 47 percent of kids who were 6 months old sleeping through the night; 58 percent at 30 months, and 54 percent at 2 years. Researchers also reminded that sleeping through the night is in fact a myth -- even the best sleepers woke up three times on average in the night. They just were able to stay calm and carry on with sleep.

I have twins. My son is the most amazing sleeper in the world -- he loves his naps and happily goes to bed at night and sings himself to sleep sometimes. My daughter is the very reason many people try crying it out. She's the complete opposite of my son and they were raised the exact same way. I'm shaking my fist at whatever genes she inherited and my son did not. We can't change genetics. Forcing sleep training seems cruel based on these findings.

This study also revealed that environmental factors influence on how long or well kids napped. Shalini Paruthi, MD, a pediatric sleep specialist at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, said: "You really want to make sure your environment is as good as it can be," she told MedPage Today, which might include "keeping a dark and quiet room for them to sleep in and making sure they have their own sleep space so they're not bumping into a sibling on the mattress or on the bed."

Sleep, sweet sleep. We never get enough of it. It makes us a bit loopy when we are deprived. We just have to keep our eyes on the future and look forward to the time when our kids are teenagers and sleeping until noon. By then we'll have a much larger set of issues to deal with making this seem small in comparison.

What do you think of these findings? Do you sleep train your kids?


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nonmember avatar Kbull

I think I do mix. When my daughter was younger I would do a little bit of cry it out umm when I first put her down but when she woke up in the middle of the night I always went to comfort her and picked her up and cuddled her and never did let her cry it out in the middle of the night. I did at the beginning of the night though because the difference with night and day she would react to any kind of stimulus and fight sleep. But if I put her down and let her cry it out she would go to sleep within 15 to 20 minutes if I capture with me and tried to rock her to sleep or honor sure to sleep or anything like that it could take an hour hour and a half for her to go to sleep so it really made a difference just that first time at night.

in the end I think that you really just have to find what works best for you and your child and genetics could have something to do with it but it's also environmental. Kids are different no two are going to work the same on the same plan that makes sense having a brain fart this morning.

bills... billsfan1104

My kids were great and I was lucky. They enjoyed their sleep.

nonmember avatar K

Torture? Your words or the study's words? That seems like a harsh word to use when you are stating your opinion on the findings. Kids personalities are all different, of course twins were different sleepers, they needed a study for that? That does not prove that CIO is torture, it proves that every kid is different.

nonmember avatar Lbdmom

The title of the article is complete BS. Nowhere in the actual report of the study does it say that CIO is a form of torture. But I guess it is good for the page hits, right?

craft... craftycatVT

Another misleading title here. The study says how babies sleep is related to genetics. It said NOTHING about torture! That's your opinion! Next you'll suggest that not giving your kid a candy bar when he/she cries for one is abuse!

Hello07 Hello07

Te people who comment here do realize this a blog not a news outlet, correct? The titles are supposed to be slightly dramatic and over the top. It gets people to click on the article.

As for the article I thought it was good.

Nurse... Nursekelly1980

Torture my butt. And sleep training may not make them sleep through the night, but it will get them on a schedule, used to being in their beds, and be able to self soothe.

I slept with my oldest til he was two because I couldn't bear hearing him fuss. when my daughter.came, she was in her own space from the start and did great.

With Camden, I worked over night.his dad is totally against a baby in your bed, so he was in his crib from the start, only in the bassinet the week I was off work after birth. Lol this kid is an awesome sleeper. Loves his bed. He gets all excited if you ask him if he wants to go night night. it may take him an hour to fall asleep, but he's in there humming, sucking his thumb and flip flopping around.

He goes to bed around 9:30 and that's it. Out like a light.

I do think it's mean to leave a kid screaming in there bed for an hour. Go in every once in a while, cover them up or give them their lovey.

mamma... mammadeeder

Where I am not necessarily a fan of cry it out, I did it with my 1 year old when he was 8 months old. It worked wonderfully, and he didn't start routinely sleeping through the night until a ,month ago. What it did teach him was how to self sooth, and when he wakes up crying, will fall back asleep with little or no help. My three year old was the ideal sleeper, no issues. I would like to point out, your title to this article sucks. As would I like to point out, the study you mentioned and information you provided only mentions twins. Does not mention singletons... So maybe before you write an article, you should cover all bases first.

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

Sleep training is 'controlled', legal, neglect. Babies belong with a care giver, being cared for. Not left alone to 'self soothe' in a separate room. No other animal species abandons a distraught infant!!! So sad how far from natural humans have become.

lobus lobus

My first was a terrible sleeper would only sleep in bed with us I tried CIO and the stress gave him such a high fever we went to the ER. My second is a great sleeper sleeps in his crib and can self soothe. I will never do CIO and if it means my first is in bed with us til he's five so be it.

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