Can a Secure Attachment and Sleep Training Coexist?
Updated: Dec 29, 2022
Short answer: YES! Sleep is a very basic need that all human beings have, and teaching your baby to sleep in a supportive way is a perfectly reasonable thing that many parents all over the world do, without damaging their secure attachment with their child. Sleep training and secure attachment actually go hand in hand when done in a developmentally appropriate way.
In fact, anything we teach our children or help them through when they're struggling (sleep struggles included) - when done in a loving and supportive way - can strengthen their attachment with us!
If you want to get science-y with me, keep reading.