We introduce some applications of Stein’s method in the high temperature analysis of spin glasses. Stein’s method allows the direct analysis of the Gibbs measure without having to eate a cavity. Another advantage is that it gives limit theorems with total variation error bounds, although the bounds can be suboptimal. A surprising byproduct of our analysis is a relatively transparent explanation of the Thouless–Anderson–Palmer system of equations. Along the way, we develop Stein’s method for mixtures of two Gaussian densities.