026: Redefining sleep training (it’s not all about Cry It Out) – Dr Craig Canapari


Getting a child to sleep through the night is one of the biggest challenges that parents face. In recent years, online wars have erupted between parents who advocate for behavioural sleep training methods and those who choose ‘baby-led’ parenting styles.

Much of the antagonism stems from the misunderstanding that sleep training is synonymous with so-called ‘Cry It Out’ techniques (aka extinction), most famously popularised by Dr Richard Ferber. But as our guest Dr Craig Canapari explains in this episode, sleep training encompasses much more than extinction methods, and includes a wide array of strategies and techniques for tackling sleep problems in babies, toddlers and even school-age kids.

Join us as we bust the myths, the stigmas and the misconceptions of what sleep training really is, and explore some of the techniques that Dr Canapari uses in his practice at Yale and in his book, It’s Never Too Late to Sleep Train.

This episode’s guest:

Dr Craig Canapari

Dr. Canapari is an Associate Professor and the director of the Pediatric Sleep Program at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology, and Sleep Medicine. His interests include general pulmonary issues, pediatric sleep problems, and the respiratory issues of children with neuromuscular disease, as well as the use of emerging technology to disseminate useful information about sleep disorders to families.

Dr Canapari’s website: https://drcraigcanapari.com/

The book: https://www.amazon.com/Its-Never-Late-Sleep-Train-ebook/dp/B07GD4NN48

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-canapari-b7247350/

Yale: https://medicine.yale.edu/profile/craig_canapari/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/drcanapari

More Resources:

Ferber vs Sears: https://sleepjunkies.com/sleep-training-cry-it-out/

Baby Sleep Training Basics: https://www.babycenter.com/0_baby-sleep-training-the-basics_1505715.bc

Episode Homepage: https://sleepjunkies.com/redefining-sleep-training/

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