Let your kid cry it out Part II + Blog Link of the WeekSunday, October 24, 2010
Second City Baby
The story I worked on all summer about letting your baby cry it out is finally out in this month's issue of Chicago Baby. I talked to real moms on both sides of the equation - some vowed that CIO was the way to go, while others subscribed to the attachment parenting school of sleep training.
I learned a lot through my research. As you know, from my very first post on this blog, I was all about CIO with my kids. At about 4 months, I let them both cry and cry until they soothed themselves to sleep.
However, after talking to two experts for the story, sleep guru Dr. Marc Weissbluth and Dr. James McKenna of the mother-baby sleep clinic at Notre Dame, my opinion on sleep training your infant changed a bit.
If I could do it over I wouldn't do CIO. This is a radical departure from my March self, right?
I never let my baby cry anymore and he's nearly a year old. He makes a peep and I run in there faster than Usain Bolt runs the 200. I just can't stand to let him cry. I think that letting my first born CIO at all times until he was old enough to get out of his bed caused him to have some troubling sleep patterns today at age four-and-a-half.
But, whatever I would do, or you would do, or what the experts say, I still believe that CIO is a personal issue and each family has to do what's best for them. I just think this family changed its tune a bit.
Also, this week, I was bogged down by a bad case of baby croup, so I neglected to post the link of the week. This week's honor goes to Mom's Fashion File started by my friend Alison Ray of Sassy Mom Chicago. If you're ever in need of some fashionable mom style tips, look no further than Allison and her crew!