Re: Should I really let my baby cry it out?
If there were a simple answer to that question, bookstore shelves wouldn't be packed with advice guides on the subject! A two-second summary of the issue: Proponents of the “Cry it Out” method (sometimes called “Ferberizing” after creator Dr. Richard Ferber) say that suffering through a few nights of listening to your little one wailing is essential to helping her develop good sleep habits. Opponents of this philosophy say that it’s cruel to let a baby cry in the dark.
Our advice: Do what feels right for you and your husband, but know that very rare is the baby who learns to sleep through the night without shedding some tears (and usually a few blood-curdlingscreams). So if you’re at your wits’ end with night wakings, some sleep training might be a good idea. Before you decide to Ferberize, discuss it at length with your mate. Sleep training will only work if you’re both on board.