"Gentle Sleep Training" is a term for sleep training often used with attachment style parenting. Within the sleep consulting world, it's associated with The Chair Method.
The Chair Method is when the parent is present while the baby is falling asleep and connecting their sleep cycles. The parent places a chair next to the baby's crib and will sit in the chair to coax the baby to sleep initially and then come back to the chair when the baby wakes up between sleep cycles. After the baby is accustomed to the parent in the chair, the parent will move the chair further away and start to calm the baby from a distance. This is repeated until the chair is out of the room, and the baby is sleeping alone.
It's important to note that the term "gentle" is in the eye of the beholder. For some families, the Chair Method is a very gentle method. But to other families, the Chair Method does not fit. Luckily, there are three main methods that are followed and every family can choose what is the most gentle for them based on their family values, goals and baby personality. We teach all three in the Lovebug app and there is no scientific evidence that one method harms the attachment and bond between a parent and child more or less. All methods would be appropriate for attachment style parenting.
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