Sleep Training, Anxiety and Communication
There is a plethora of research regarding baby sleep and sleep training. The controversy regarding sleep training is centered on whether or not it is healthy to let your baby cry him/herself back to sleep.
Baby Says More™ is not taking a stance for or against sleep training, but we would like to hone in on the idea of crying and the anxiety that it provokes for your baby.
Research demonstrates that an increase in the level of the stress hormone cortisol and a decrease in growth hormone occur as a consequence of excessive separation of infants from their parents, or neglect. Such imbalances interfere with brain nerve tissue development, interrupt growth and weaken the immune system.1, 2, 3, 4
Furthermore, research presented at an American Academy of Pediatrics meeting by Dr. Michael Lewis illustrates that a parent’s responsiveness to his/her baby’s cues is most indicative of, and directly related to, the child’s overall intellectual development.6
Baby Sign is based upon the parent’s responsiveness to his/her baby’s communicative attempts, or cues. It promotes a repetitious, positive response to such cues, which is, therefore, positively correlated to intellectual development.