Michelle - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 103 moms have responded )
I need to blow off some steam and voice my opion on letting a baby "cry it out". First and foremost I never did this when my son was less than 3 months old... And I do not let him cry until I know he is not hungry or wet/dirty
But yes when my son is tired and I know it... and he is NOT hungry or dirty I will put his crying cranky butt in his crib and let him cry it out and take his much needed nap.
Today some woman made the statement "its our job as mama's" to constantly comfort our babies even when they are crying bc they are tired and wont go to sleep. In my opinion that makes children who are unable to sooth themselves and will be constantly up your ass (excuse my language) for the rest of their childhood.
What brought this on is my step daughter has a son 2 months younger than mine that will not sleep even for naps and is super attached to her. If she walks away for a second he flips out. If he isnt allowed to climb all over her, he flips out. He basically cries all the time to be honest. Now my son on the other hand takes 2 great naps a day, can play on his own for at least 30mins at times while I do house work, and sleeps 10 hours straight through at night. And I let him cry it out and now he is can self soothe.
I'm not saying either way is right... But for the mom's who think I am a bad mom for letting my baby cry it out... Well thats fine but my kid will be an independent little guy who wont be attached to his mom's skirt 24/7. My baby is happy, loved and flourishes, even though (omg) he has to cry sometimes to sooth himself.
What is your opinions on this?