The Ethics of Early Life Care, The Harms of Sleep Training

From Issue: Volume 4, Issue 2
Some argue that forcing babies into independent sleeping is good for them, increasing health and well-being. They argue that making babies learn to settle themselves at night helps them establish self-regulatory skills and makes them stronger. These practices are supposed to put babies on a road toward healthy physical outcomes, ensuring good sleep patterns. They are supposed to lead to emotional well-being, by ensuring children’s ability to control themselves and establish self- reliance. These beliefs suggest that their advocates know very little about human development. It is a dangerous state of affairs.

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