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Comparing two methods of child raising:

  • Routines: When babies are raised in a framework of a timetable; duration of feeding and nap times are scheduled.
  • Demands: Where babies are demand fed, they are allowed to sleep when tired.

    There is research on the difference between demand feeding and routine scheduled feeding upon brain development.

I cannot find research on the effects of scheduling babies sleep patterns, as opposed to allowing the babies natural sleep cycle to determine when a baby sleeps.

  • What is the effect of the two methods on the child's sleep patterns?
  • What is the effect of the two methods on child development and cognitive function in terms of sleep disorders?
  • Are there any studies on this?
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My only answer is this, we sleep and eat on demand at our house (I'm a stay at home so I can do this) with this baby and her development is amazing! My 2 previous children had schedules (I worked then) their developments were amazing! Whatever works for you and your baby is what I support. Every family and every baby is different. As long as there isn't any abuse or neglect, you're doing it right! –  user3821 Nov 15 '13 at 0:18

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