Did you let your baby "cry it out"?

Erin - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I'm torn, so many people tell me to let my 11 month old "cry it out" at nap and bedtime. How long do you let them cry?

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Elizabeth - posted on 04/20/2010

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We have a large household and I can't let him cry it out for too long b/c i'll wake someone up. I lay him down and he cries a bit and i give him a warm bottle and leave. he'll start crying and I go back in kiss him on the forehead and lay him back down... talk to him, rub his tummy or pat his back and give him back his bottle and leave. He falls asleep within 30 minutes every time. He has the trust that when he cries I'll be there, but it's not going to get him his way.



Also, when he has a tantrum like when i take something away that he's not supposed to have. He screams and cries, i pop him on the but, tell him "we don't behave like that" and put him back in his crib and walk out of the room. and then wait until he stops crying. Usually only a couple minutes. When he stops, I go in and talk to him and ask him if he's done. And pick him up and love on him. Works like a charm.

Melissa - posted on 04/20/2010

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I did with my first and she would cry for about an hour. But, with my second, he is breastfed and much more sensitive. He will cry for two hours and every time I put him down he poos. So for him it didn't work. Even though, sometimes I still put him in there so I can get things done without him under foot.

It is not going to hurt them and when he is two he is not going to remember you letting him cry himself to sleep. Good Luck!

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