London - It's a dilemma faced by many new parents: do they get up in the night to comfort their crying babies – or let them sob themselves to sleep?
Now scientists say babies sleep more soundly and wake less often in the night if they are left to soothe themselves.
In tests, sleep experts found that the tactic also led to other family members getting more shut-eye.
Associate Professor Michael Gradisar assessed two “controlled crying” techniques – as well as leaving parents to comfort their babies whenever they wanted.
He found that controlled crying methods had no detrimental effects on either baby or parent.