The Difficult Question Should I Let My Baby Cry It Out


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The Difficult Question Should I Let My Baby Cry It Out

  1. 1. The Difficult Question Should I Let My Baby Cry It Out
  2. 2. Many new parents ask the question, should I let my baby cry it out. This is one of the most hotly debated questions in parenting with opinions varying dramatically. Some people feel that it is perfectly alright to allow an infant to cry themselves to sleep. Others feel that this policy is not only too distressing for both parents and child, but it may well have long term negative implications for the infant.
  3. 3. Parents need to understand that the moment their child is born they will be bombarded with advice and opinions from well meaning friends and family. Many people are only to happy to give their ideas, without waiting to be asked. New parents are going through enough changes in their lives already and dealing with pushy family members will not help.
  4. 4. Friends and family should only give their opinions when asked. It is every families prerogative to decide how they will handle the upbringing of the child or children. Some people are huge fans of co sleeping. This is when the infant sleeps in bed with the parents. Many people find that this method helps them to get some much needed sleep. The child is typically very happy as they are kept warm and love to snuggle with their mother.
  5. 5. A few of the down sides to co sleeping is that many fathers feel left out. They are also worried about rolling over onto the baby in the night and smothering them. These concerns are totally justified and the final decision should be made together. Mothers who are breast feeding also find it easy to have their child in bed with them. It makes the night time feeds that much easier.
  6. 6. Other families feel strongly that the new arrival should be in their own crib and in their own room from day one. This method also has many advantages. The child can get a good nights sleep without interruptions. Their crib is the safest environment. It should not contain any additional blankets, pillows or stuffed toys as these can all be suffocation hazards.
  7. 7. Many parents find a good compromise is to have the infant sleep in a crib, but to keep the crib in their room. This allows them easy access to the child and helps to calm the anxiety that is often a part of new parents lives. Many mothers worry so much about their new born. Placing the crib next to their bed allows them to check in on the baby throughout the night.
  8. 8. Swaddling mimics the confines of the womb. Placing a carefully swaddled infant on their back in a crib with no blankets or toys is the safest way for them to sleep. If the child begins to fuss the parents should leave them for a few minuets to see if they settle down. Often some gentle background music will help. Classical music and lullabies are usually recommended.
  9. 9. There is no one correct answer to the question should I let my baby cry it out. What works for each individual infant and their parents is always the best. Getting lots of ideas to try is also a help.
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