There’s nothing that seems to be a more universal conundrum, or a more divisive issue for parents, than how their babies sleep. The first question that I get hit with in almost every discussion about my kid is, ‘Does he sleep through the night yet?’ ‘Sleeping through the night’ seems to be the panacea of every parent. But is it natural, a reasonable expectation, and is it the best thing for babies? As the mother of a six-month old, I really don’t know what to think. My husband and I have poured over tons of parenting books (including the entire Dr. Sears collection), and have gone back and forth between a number of philosophies on the sleep issue. Now, with a six-month old who sleeps in our bed and wakes up for a comfort nibble 3-4 times per night, we’re rethinking the issue and our perhaps overly literal interpretation of Attachment Parenting. We’d love to hear what you think about babies and sleep – so please leave a comment below! To foster a dialogue and encourage a forum discussion about this issue, we will be sending a free Inhabitots T-shirt (or onesie) to our favorite response in the comment section.


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Although we started co-sleeping with an Arm’s Reach co-sleeper, at this point our baby is just in our bed for most of the night. Before we had our baby, we were completely wedded to the ‘Attachment Parenting’ philosophy, interpreting this philosophy very strictly to mean: co-sleeping, feeding on demand, no baby-training, and no schedules. However, at this point in time, ‘sleeping-through-the-night’ is starting to look very appealing to my bloodshot eyes, and I’m wondering if this is something that can be achieved through child-centered, no-cry-it-out methods of baby training. I’m still a bit horrified by the concept of ‘Ferberizing’ (training your baby to sleep soundly through the old fashion ‘cry-it-out’ method), although I can certainly understand the appeal of trying to teach your baby to self-soothe and fall asleep on his own.

The Great Sleep Debate, Jill Petey, Co-sleeper, Arm's reach Cosleeper, Dr. Sears, Attachment Parenting, Sleeping through the night

I’ve seen the ‘Dr Sears Sleep-Training’ video from the Babycenter website, and I am considering trying an approach like this. Has anyone tried something like this? Does it work?

I’m guessing that many parents out there who are interested in eco-friendly living are probably also leaning towards the attachment parenting side of things in terms of child-rearing philosophies, so I’m hoping to hear from readers who have had similar experiences and can share their own opinions.

What are you doing about the sleep issue?
What are your philosophies?
Is it possible for a co-sleeping baby to ‘sleep through the night’ without waking up several times?
If we don’t get our baby into a crib before the end of the first year, will we ever get him out of our bed before he reaches kindergarten?

I would love to hear opinions on the above issues from any and all of you. And remember, I will send an Inhabitots T-shirt (or onesie) to my favorite response. Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Jill
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