Let A Crying Baby Lie
It’s not easy to walk away and leave a baby crying in a crib until the child tires and falls asleep. But it’s not harmful to the baby, either.
Researchers at Australia’s Flinders University studied the “crying it out” method and the “bedtime fading” method -- where parents push bedtime later a few minutes each day -- on dozens of babies from six- to sixteen-months old. They found these babies went to sleep more quickly than a control group.
They also studied saliva samples to test for cortisol, a sign of stress. Those who fussed to sleep didn’t show signs of greater stress.
The researchers advise parents to try bedtime fading first, then the crying it out method.