Susan Guzman says her baby, 7 and a half week old Amanda, sleeps just fine during the day- it's night time that drives them both to distraction. "It's very confusing. We try everything, every method, just hoping to find one thing that helps her to sleep during the night," says Susan.
Like thousands of parents, Guzman also tried the famous- or infamous, depending on whom you ask- method invented more than twenty years ago by Dr. Richard Ferber. The idea, for babies six months of age and older, is to put her in her crib and let her cry. Check on her if you must, but otherwise leave her be, in order to teach her to sleep alone through the night. Ferber's system is so widespread, his name has become a verb and part of the popular culture.
But 'Ferberizing' has lots of critics who maintain that leaving a child to cry can cause emotional problems. So it will come as a surprise to a lot of parents that Dr. Ferber himself has decided to clarify his theory. "There shouldn't be one approach or a single method. Different problems call for different solutions. And the same problem can be solved in different ways," says Dr. Ferber.
Ferber will explain in a revised edition of his book that if you rock your baby to sleep, you don't have to stop cold turkey, that it isn't even appropriate to do so if your child has night terrors. In other words, Ferber will echo the many pediatricians who tell parents there is no magic solution to getting a child to sleep.
|HealthWise Health Center|