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When In Doubt, Cry It Out

Sleep training is not for the faint of heart. 

Establishing a sleep routine for baby can be emotionally overwhelming for parents as they navigate all the different sleep training methods to find the right fit for their little one. What can be the most challenging is sticking to a method, even when it seems difficult on your baby and welcomes criticism from friends and family. 

 

There is science to sleep. 

Good sleep patterns are trained, not always inherent. Although it may seem like a difficult process for your baby to endure, this is an important developmental window to establish positive sleeping routines for your baby as they grow.

One of the sleep training methods that gathers a significant amount of controvery is the "Cry It Out Method" or the "Ferber Method."

These sleep methods encourages babies to develop self soothing techniques and be able to comfort themselves to sleep efficiently.  Essentially they are way to encourage babies to find their own path of falling asleep without depending on comfort from parents. Both methods are also a way for parents to break bad habits of attenting to their baby for every complain or tantrum they have throughout the night when they're uncomfortable. 

Like any parenting style in general, there's pros and cons involved. 

 

Pros

Once your baby gets past the first few days, they will usually sleep through the night longer and bedtime will be a more predictable experience. The turn over is relatively quick and your baby will learn to relax and comfort themselves within a few days. Ferberizing still keeps your baby attuned to the presence of parents, while still encouraging them to self soothe. This stops bad sleep habits in their tracks and can convert the fussiest sleeper to a baby that sleeps like an angel throughout the night.

Cons

Both methods get a notoriously bad rep for coming across as cruel or cold on the parents' end. It's a difficult process and can be emotionally trying on parents as they're forced to listen to their child's cries for long periods of time without the ability to comfort them. Criticism of the Cry it Out method argues that this style of sleep training is too harsh and gives babies negative perspectives of relationships and comfort when they're older.  Even though research has shown that both methods are effective.  The process has to be consistent from start to finish.

 

It's important to note that the Cry it Out method doesn't mean you ignore your baby through the night.

 

Whatever sleep method you choose, keep your baby's safety in mind. Most of all stay patient and consistent throughout the process to yeild the best results!

Sweet Dreams!