There's a common misconception that sleep training is harmful to babies. The truth is, sleep deprivation is bad for babies. And it's bad for their parents, too. The whole family suffers when babies don't sleep. Dr. Sears and others claim that sleep training is dangerous are based on two groups of study subjects: two week old rat pups, and human children growing up in homes with chronic trauma such as domestic violence. (list references) Neither of these groups are applicable to sleep-training. There has never been a study showing that a few nights of crying, such as with sleep training, is dangerous for babies. And in fact, there are studies that show it is beneficial, especially with lower rates of depression in mothers. (list references) Moreover, there is plentiful evidence that sleep deprivation is bad for young children. (list references) Missing less than an hour of sleep a night can result in emotional problems, difficulty paying attention and learning, hyperactivity, obesity. (cite references) Don't you owe it to your baby and to yourself to get great sleep?