Rebecca - posted on 11/02/2010 ( 44 moms have responded )
Ok, number one, this is more of a statement than a question. And number two, I know it won't be a popular statement. Everyone always says that you shouldn't let a baby cry it out, but seriously sometimes it's the only option. I had a very highly strung baby boy for my first child. He would cry (scream hysterically) at the slightest thing. I tried everything to prevent his outbursts and then to calm him down when he did lose it, but I was fighting a losing battle and I was a mental casualty. It was bordering on torture. So if I thought that there wasn't a good reason for his hysterics and I was at my wits end, then yes, I would put him in his cot, close the door, turn the TV up really loud and try to relax. (Which was very difficult!) After a few minutes I would comfort him, then leave again, repeating as long as it was necessary. He soon learnt to calm himself down. He's 4 now, and he's a loud, emotional, dramatic and exuberant kid, and sometimes I have to send him to his room so he can calm down. (Not as a punishment.) But he's a perfectly happy, healthy and well adjusted boy, and that's all that matters.