It's OK to Let Babies Cry It Out

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It's OK to Let Babies Cry It Out
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 11:24am

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.

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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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Wed, 09-19-2012 - 11:38am
It helps a *wee* bit! It is SO hard to listen to baby cry while sleep training so knowing that it really won't cause any long-term issues is helpful. I worry, like I"m sure we all do!
Hope, Mommy to Spencer Expecting Baby #2 09/17/12
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Sun, 10-14-2012 - 4:44am
Ya we gives sleep training to baby because i t can be really so difficult to hear his crying.