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 - 11:26am

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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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 11:43am
Interesting indeed. My little one only had to cry it out a few times, thankfully, but it was SO HARD to hear. Good to know that it won't cause any long-term damage for those parents who decide to use CIO methods.
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Registered: 12-05-2011
Thu, 09-27-2012 - 9:26am
It was then only thing that saved us! I knew he wasn't hungry in the night because he had been sleeping through at 2 months but then at 4 months started waking every four hours. After three weeks I was at my wits end so we started letting him cry for 5-10 minutes, soothe without picking him up and repeat. After three nights he only woke once for a few minutes and put himself back to sleep. Now a week after that he sleeps through the night again and my sanity has returned :smileyvery-happy:
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Registered: 10-03-2011
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 6:26pm
  • This is great to read! I've been forced to put my child to sleep before she goes in her crib and have brought her into our bed often because I felt bad reading that I was basically screwing her up for life by letting her cry off and on.

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