While there have been plenty of nights I would have paid CeCe $1,000,000 to just go to sleep for more than two hours, I'm one of those "soft" moms who didn't try to sleep train by six weeks.
I have no judgment for parents who sleep train newborns, as long as it doesn't harm their child's ability to grow and thrive. Unfortunately, that might be what is happening with some parents.
Check out what the American Academy of Pediatrics has to say about the growing popularity of particular "infant sleep management" literature: http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/14/4/21
When the AAP has found 11 different areas where the advice being given is not medically advisable, the red flags should be popping up.
I have read portions of "Babywise" and other articles and guide books about sleep training and decided it wasn't for us. When I signed on to become a parent I knew lack of sleep just came with the gig. You crawl out of bed when your baby is hungry and you just deal with it.
Now I know "Babywise" isn't telling mothers to ignore their children's need for food, or let their children scream themselves into a sleep brought on by pure weakness from hunger. I'm not accusing the authors of such.
Unfortunately, some people will take that advice to the extreme and do more harm to their child's health by trying to improve their sleep. Pediatricians are seeing a rise of failure to thrive among babies and they suspect the rigid sleep scheduling might have something to do with it.
I'm interested to see what the AAP finds as it investigates the effects of these systems. What do you think? Bad advice, or just not being implemented properly?