The traditional baby and toddler sleep training methods we all know, like and trust originated in the 1950’s.

We’re here today share with you a new approach that may raise a few eyebrows.

This is an internationally recognised, evidence-based approach that is considered a revolution in baby and toddler sleep. Interestingly, it is not sleep training at all.

What does this all mean?

To help explain, we welcome our special guest, Dr Pamela Douglas.

Dr Pamela Douglas is a Senior Lecturer, at The University of Queensland, an Associate Professor in the Transforming Maternity Care Collaborative unit at Griffith University and also Medical Director of Possums for Parents with Babies program.


We ask Dr Pamela questions including:

  1. What is this new approach?
  2. How does this differ from the traditional baby sleep methods?
  3. What is the most common problem that parents present with concerning infant sleep?
  4. How does this approach work step by step with your baby’s biology (not against it)?
  5. Why do you believe sleep training often makes life a lot harder for families?
  6. You’ve mentioned also that we can’t teach little one’s to sleep, and that sleep is under the control of two biological sleep regulators- circadian clock and the sleep-wake homostat (or sleep pressure) Can you expand?
  7. You’ve mentioned the amount of sleep children need vary with their own unique genetic inheritance- can you explain further?


For Dr Pamela’s full article, please go to:


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