Okay to Let Baby Cry It Out?

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Okay to Let Baby Cry It Out?
Tue, 10-02-2012 - 12:17pm

When infants can’t sleep, it usually means Mom and Dad aren’t getting much shut-eye either. That, in turn, can double the risk of depressive symptoms in mothers, cause strife in marriages and result in costly trips to the pediatrician.

For wiped-out parents wondering whether or not to sleep-train their restless babies, a new study in Pediatrics has some good news: strategies that let babies cry it out for limited periods while teaching them to sleep on their own can help families sleep better in the short term without causing long-term psychological damage in kids or weakening the bond between babies and parents.

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/09/10/its-o-k-to-let-babies-cry-it-out-at-bedtime


Interesting!  It can be so hard to listen to baby cry, and the guilt you may feel only makes it harder. Does this new study help with your decision to pursue sleep training or not?

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