Evidence-Based Research

All our Sleep Programs and methods are very carefully researched, analysed and endorsed according to the most up-to-date information, which has been proven with over 25,000 babies and toddlers worldwide.


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Little Ones is accredited by the IACSC (International Association of Child Sleep Consultants) and we are endorsed and recommended by Dr Kate Johnson, Ph.D. in neurophysiology and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Stanford Research International. 

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Our current references are:

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Iwata S, Fujita F, Kinoshita M, Unno M, Horinouchi T, Morokuma S, Iwata O. Dependence of nighttime sleep duration in one-month-old infants on alterations in natural and artificial photoperiod. Sci Rep. 2017 Mar 17;7:44749. doi: 10.1038/srep44749. PubMed PMID: 28303945; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5355994.
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de Weerth, C., R.H. Zijl, and J.K. Buitelaar. Development of cortisol circadian rhythm in infancy. Early Hum Dev. 73(1-2): p. 39-52. 2003.

Gunnar, M.R. and B. Donzella. Social regulation of the cortisol levels in early human development. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 27(1-2): p. 199-220. 2002.

Middlemiss, W., D.A. Granger, W.A. Goldberg, and L. Nathans. Asynchrony of mother-infant hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity following extinction of infant crying responses induced during the transition to sleep. Early Hum Dev. 88(4): p. 227-32. 2012.

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