Family Uses Sleep Consultants to Get Fussy Toddler to Bed


Their method is simple: Black out the windows so the room is completely dark, turn on a sound machine to drown out any noise, then put the baby to bed and walk away.

"We are teaching parents to believe in their children," Ryan said. "We really believe that after four months, children are ready to be successful at sleeping through the night."

In other words, the sleep experts were going to let Mia cry. The Dream Team will sleep on the floor of her room for the night to be sure Mia is safe.

The cry-it-out method is not for everyone. Even though a five-year recent study in the journal "Pediatrics" showed that letting a baby cry caused no long-lasting harm, some parents and doctors are not comfortable with it.

Dr. Harvey Karp, the author of "The Happiest Baby on the Block" books and DVDs, said that when a child cries in the middle of the night, he could be in distress.

"I would think of crying out in a kind of a similar way to spanking," Karp said. "Spanking can work, a lot of people will tell you that it's the best thing, that's what worked for their kids. But it fundamentally doesn't feel right and it teaches them the wrong message."

For the Dream Team, short term, controlled crying, is the most effective way to give the child when it needs most -- a good night's sleep -- and the ability to learn how to self-soothe.

"A good night's sleep is a great, wonderful thing and that is something you will be giving to your child and that is something to celebrate," Herman said. "On the other hand, if you are interested in having your child get healthy sleep, it's important for them to have control of that sleep. When you decide you are ready for your child to have that, you are going to have to change your behavior."

Can the Dream Team cure Mia of her sleeping problem? Watch the dramatic conclusion HERE.

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