Common sense for $500

CBS reports on parents who hired a team of “sleep specialists” to teach them how to get their five-month-old baby to sleep without three hours or more of lullabies, reading and bouncing on an exercise ball. The sleep consultants, who charge $500, told the exhausted parents not to keep picking up the baby when he whimpers. Let him cry for five minutes, go in and say “good night” with no touching, then let him cry for 10 minutes, go in and say “good night,” etc.

I read that in a book when my daughter was a baby, back in 1981. Now someone’s charging big bucks for the same advice?

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  1. Of course. Some parents only know how to fix a problem by throwing money at it. And there are thousands of business people who know that and take advantage of it.

    (I believe that’s the Ferber method)

  2. Reminds me of the “educational pendulum.” If you wait long enough, what’s old will be what’s new again. Think phonics.

  3. mike from oregon says:

    When our first child was born my wife was without a clue. The child would cry in the night, she would go in ** TURN ON THE LIGHT ** proceed to take care of the situation and then wondered why the kid didn’t go right back to sleep. It was my mother who taught her to keep a night light in the kids room. Have everything ready when you go in (which means the kid might cry for a bit while you are getting the bottle ready – one advantage of breast feeding), go in, check the child, don’t say a word, fix the problem/problems (changing, feeding, whatever) – do it all silently and when everything is done, put the child back down. Worked like a charm but without mom to have guided her, she was clueless (then again, so was I).

  4. $500? For less than $150 one could invest in a high tech solution. A bit off-label, but it might work.

  5. Gotta git me one of them thar consultant job thingies.

  6. Putting a little beer in the baby’s bottle works like a charm. Er, not that I did that with my daughters.

  7. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Another solution is to put the beer in daddy’s bottle and let mommy get up. This may have adverse side effects, but it is cheaper.

  8. You see? This is what happens when common sense becomes a uncommon enough to be a commodity.

  9. At $500 a pop it’s become pretty uncommon then. I think there may be more then just market forces at work here.

  10. Just tonight when I was watching another ‘Nanny 911’ episode which included yet again children (parents?) with going-to-bed/sleep problems, I realized that it must be some kind of national epidemic. That show has lots of good parenting ideas. These folks could’ve gotten the advice that Nanny gives away for free if they’d watch the show!


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