I am a social worker and parent in Australia concerned about the western practice of a method called 'controlled crying' that is used on infants to get them to sleep. This blog talks about the use of this method and other parenting methods. Search all the information on this site to be better informed about the practice of controlled crying. For any comments or questions, my email is

Monday, April 16, 2007

Helping your baby to sleep - A fantastic new book!

This book is a MUST read for all parents!!!!!!! (I mean it!!)

Helping Your Baby to Sleep -
Why gentle techniques work best

by Anni Gethin & Beth Macgregor

In this groundbreaking book, authors Anni Gethin and Beth Macgregor argue against the practice of ‘controlled crying’, in which parents are encouraged to ‘train’ their children to sleep by ignoring their crying and distress.
Instead they present important research into babies’ emotional and brain development, and offer gentle techniques for parents to use, which take into account a baby’s natural sleep habits.

‘This excellent book, and the resources it directs parents to, offers ways of working with babies’ sleep patterns and of creating the conditions for better sleep without endangering a baby’s mental health or
damaging its experience of being loved and safe.’

From the foreword by Steve Biddulph, author of Raising Boys

Beth Macgregor is a psychologist who trains health and welfare workers in infant mental health, and an active
member of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health. Anni Gethin is a health social scientist with
special interests in early childhood development, and a lecturer in public health and social science.

Here's some more information here;

And an interview on ABC radio;

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