American Academy of Pediatrics

Go-to-sleep methods

What you might like about the technique

  • This plan aims to help your baby learn independent sleep habits early on.
  • A baby who can soothe himself back to sleep is less likely to become fully awake during an arousal state than a baby who depends on your help. The theory is that these babies get more consistent sleep.


  • While the AAP suggests that babies who know how to comfort themselves back to sleep usually do so in a matter of minutes, it can take a few nights of crying before they learn that skill.
  • Many babies (and even moms) are reluctant to give up the luxurious habit of nursing or rocking to sleep.
  • Some believe that a baby's need for reassurance and intimacy is greater than his need to learn independent sleep habits.

Further reading:
American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child's Sleep by George J. Cohen, MD, FAAP


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