CIO, or cry it out, is a controversial subject and one that has been dividing parents for at least 2 decades. But in the opinion of our expert sleep consultants, the larger problem with CIO is that some parents assume ALL sleep training is CIO; they assume that sleep training is just letting your baby cry until he/she stops waking up at night and stops waking early from naps. Cry It Out Is Not Sleep Training You can imagine how frustrating it is for our team to combat this misconception.
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When you are working on sleep, you generally want better nighttime sleep AND better naps. But can one method achieve both? Can the kind of sleep training method you choose work for nights but not for naps, or vice versa? Do you need to follow a separate set of sleep "rules" for naps than you follow for nights? The answer is often yes - and that especially applies to those of you who may be using a cry it out sleep training approach. Keep reading for details! Sleep Training: Naps vs.
Crying during sleep training is a touchy subject, but it's one that's worth addressing. Why? Because most parents aren't aware that crying during sleep training is a spectrum. Many families who are new to The Baby Sleep Site® mistakenly assume that sleep training is nothing BUT crying....heartbreaking, seemingly endless crying. However, while a very small percentage of parents are okay with nonstop crying, the vast majority aren't. Most of the parents with whom we work accept
Some families resort to the Cry it Out Method, but how do you know if it's right for you and your baby? This is a topic that we get lots of questions about in our Sleep Helpdesk. Specifically, lots of parents ask us when they should/shouldn't try cry it out, and how cry it out is going to work with their babies' personalities and temperaments. Keep reading for 11 vital dos and don'ts of cry it out sleep training, as well as tips to help you decide whether or not cry it out will work with
By far, one of the most controversial topics related to baby sleep training is something called 'Cry It Out'. Specifically, should parents do it? Is it cruel and unusual punishment, or is it a fast and effective way to teach a baby to sleep through the night? The answer, of course, depends on who you ask. Let me be clear right up front that we are not here today to debate the morality of the Cry-It-Out Sleep Training Method. Nicole Johnson, our founder, built The Baby Sleep Site®
A lot of times parents don't understand how crying can ever lead to their baby sleeping. They think that they will certainly exhaust themselves and fall asleep that way, eventually, but what are they really learning? This article is very much NOT about cry it out. There is a LOT in between helping your baby back to sleep every two hours at night and letting them cry it out. This article is discussing how crying can lead to sleep and why crying might be a necessary step in your baby learning how
This topic "How long to cry it out?" has come up a few times in the last few weeks in one way or another, so I thought I'd talk about it this week. I always preface any discussion about cry it out by making sure that everyone understands that I'm not a "Cry It Out Pusher" and I'm very much NOT an extremist or a hard-core "sleep trainer". I try to be realistic and just know that all babies are different and all family structures are different and what works for one won't work for everyone. I even
I happened upon an article where a woman (and husband) was against cry-it-out and specifically, The Ferber Method, but ended up doing it anyway because it was what worked. In that article, Confessions of a Ferberizer, she said that, in the end, her son stopped wanting to be rocked or cuddle. She did not seem to regret doing cry-it-out, I don't think, but reading the article reminded me that many of us wonder whether doing cry-it-out will change our child's personality, so I thought I'd reflect