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    I must admit I didn't read the article only the research paper and I didn't have any issue with it. But if the article says what pp's say it says I don't think I'd agree. I went straight to the research.
    @A-Squared your point about improving wakefulness comes back to the stats I mentioned earlier - the 15/15/70. Of the 70% those babies can improve with assistance from parents (what that assistance is will vary depending on the parents own views) but will still have bad nights. And will regress. They can go from being terrible to not so terrible. Or even better. But they are unlikely to be perfect sleepers.

    That's my take on it anyway.

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    Default New study finds genetics is what decides how well your baby sleeps.

    This is the whole article. The only slightly emotive sentence in the whole thing is the first sentence, the rest just summarizes the study. If the you don't like the article fine, I'll remember to only post a study link next time and not the article that led me there. ETA: I don't believe the article implies sleep training doesn't work, to me, it's openness in listing percentages shows that it's not hiding anything. ETA 2: I took the 'day job' as referring the actual 'experts' not parents that sleep train, since they are the ones that make money.

    'Proponents of sleep training may want to find a new day job. A new study shows that genetics, not sleep training or the way a mom or dad parents their child, plays a large role in how babies sleep through the night. The new research, reported in the June issue of Pediatrics, assessed the nighttime and daytime sleep habits of 995 sets of twins at 6, 18, 30, and 48 months of age. The researchers found that it didn’t matter if parents used the cry-it-out method, co-sleeping or another sleep method with their babies at night, because genetics, not parenting habits were responsible for a great deal of variability in how long babies and young children slept without waking up during the night.

    Genetics were seemingly responsible for the sleep habits of 47% of 6 month-old babies, 58% of 30 month-old babies and 54% of 48 month-old tots. Daytime sleep habits of babies were oddly more strongly affected by environmental issues than genetics. What this study means to parents is that if a baby is crying and waking often during the night, it’s more likely attributed to your baby’s genetic predisposition than to a mom or dad’s parenting. The study also tells us that methods such as cry-it-out may never work for some babies because they’re simply made to awaken during the night, no matter what, and deserve comfort when they do wake. In other words, ignoring a baby who is genetically designed to awaken frequently, won’t help change your baby’s habits.

    Finally, the study shows that better baby daytime naps may be achieved with the proper environment, which means providing a quiet, dark, uninterrupted sleep space. One more important issue discovered in this research was that many babies suddenly changed sleep gears around 18-months of age. For example, before and after 18 months of age, the way a baby slept at night was highly affected by genetics, but around 18 months, many kids suddenly became more affected by sleep environments for a short while. This means that the 18 month mark may be a good time to intervene and try to instill new sleep habits in little ones who still don’t sleep through the night.

    + Genetic and Environmental Influences on Daytime and Nighttime Sleep Duration in Early Childhood
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