Kat - posted on 05/04/2010 ( 64 moms have responded )
EDIT: Please note, since originally posting, a few mum's have educated us about the mechanics of the proper method of "cry-it-out". I am grateful to them,and I am all too willing to admit that I had the wrong idea about the proper method.
Let me just say, that method is not what I intended to discuss. I am talking about leaving babies at literally weeks old to sceam and cry for hours on end, in the hope that the baby will learn to "self-soothe".
Sooo... back to posting....
at the risk of being flamed, why do people assume that there is only one way of getting your baby to sleep? There a WAAAYYYY better and gentler ways of teching your baby to sleep through the night than just leaving them to cry.
this video explains the effects of leaving your baby to cry by themselves.
As someone else suggested, maybe try lessening the formula and upping the solids?
When your baby wakes up, just offer water and a cuddle, then they may get the idea that its not time to eat. Yes, babies should be able to go for 10-12 hours without eating, but that doesn't mean they need to go 10-12 hours without human contact.
If you leave your baby to cry, yes they will get the idea to not get up, yes they may learn to not cry, maybe even sleep through, but at what cost? They will learn through abandonment. Are your children high enough on your priority list that you would ensure their mental and emotional health is not harmed? Of course they are.