Letting your baby cry to "develop" his/her lungs.

Genie - posted on 11/25/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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As a new/single mommy. I lived with my 'babydaddy's parents (still I do), they told me to let my daughter Sabrina, cry, to ''develop her lungs.'' So I did. Bad Idea. To this day, I am told every day, that my daughter has quite a set of lungs, that result in her screams to be very, very loud, and very, very shrill.. Surely enough to wake the dead right? Just imagine when she throw's tantrums!

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Liz - posted on 11/25/2012

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While I agree with Arena that letting your baby cry is not "developing her lungs" (because as she said, they already are), I would like to say that it is ok to OCCASIONALLY let your baby cry for short periods of time. If you know that she is not hungry, tired, dirty or otherwise uncomfortable, then sometimes the best thing to do is to let her cry for a few minutes. Believe me, it won't hurt her in the long run. I don' t know how old your daughter is, but if she's more than a few months old she can begin to self-soothe. I don't mean let her scream and cry for an hour until she falls asleep in exhaustion, I'm just saying you can START. Let her cry for 10 minutes, and then go to her. She will survive and be just fine :) Good luck, though! I know all about those shrill shrieks! Had a couple of those myself!

Arena - posted on 11/25/2012

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Hi, I must say that just letting your baby cry is not a good idea. If your baby is crying it's clear that she is trying to convey to you that something is wrong with her. She might be hungry, sleepy, or she might just want her Mommy. Her crying is her way of communicating to you so that you'll know that she needs you to tend to her. Your baby's lungs are FULLY developed because if they weren't she would be in need of medical attention by now. People used to tell me the same thing but I learned that crying is a baby's way of communication and when ignored your potentially ignoring a need. So please tend to your baby and give her the confidence that she can count on you, each and every time she cries that her Mommy or Daddy will be there to take care of her even if its just to be held.

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