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Baby Sleep Options: Crying It Out vs. Mom and Dad

A very popular debate between new parents around the world is the one regarding letting your baby cry it out (CIO) or comforting your baby till they fall asleep. The topic goes very closely with the parenting by a schedule and parenting on demand debate and is one that both parents have to weigh carefully before choosing the way that fits their family the best.

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CIO by some people is seen as a cruel way to sleep train a baby. Other people call is a lifesaver and swear it is the only way that either them or their baby can get rest. CIO basically entails putting your baby to bed either for naps or at night while they are awake, and letting them fall asleep on their own. In some cases this means that your baby will cry himself to sleep. For stubborn babies, even ones who are very tired, it may take an hour of crying before they finally fall asleep.

CIO though can and does work as a way to successfully sleep train your baby to go to sleep on his own. It can be very effective with babies who get in the habit of only sleeping if being held or laying in bed with mom and dad. Some babies will actually be able to sense when mom and dad get up and wake up, giving his parents no “down” time. For tips on how to make CIO work for your family read this article.

Mom and Dad
There are people who believe strongly that CIO is not the best way to sleep train a baby and feel that letting their baby learn over time to fall asleep on his own is better than forcing it upon them. They will routinely rock or nurse their baby to sleep, sometimes holding him for hours to keep him from waking up. They believe this will help a stronger bond between their baby and them.

Sometimes parents will turn to books written by different authors on getting their baby to sleep. Some of the popular ones include Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth, The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Elizabeth Pantley and The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family by William Sears.

There is no right or wrong way to get your baby to sleep and help him get proper rest. There are right and wrong ways for your family though so it is very important that everyone in the family understands and agrees with the plan you have. Eventually, no matter what you decide, your baby will be able to fall asleep on his own and get a good nights rest.

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