Let the baby cry

As hard as it may be, you’re better off letting your baby “cry it out” in the middle of the night, according to research published in the journal Developmental Psychology.

The study of infants’ sleeping patterns found that most began to regularly sleep through the night starting at around six months.  The 33 percent who did not were mostly boys, mostly breast fed and most likely to come from a mother who was depressed.  The fussy boys were also more likely to be irritable and distracted children and have greater maternal sensitivity.

Researchers suggest that after an infant reaches six months, giving him some time to ‘cry it out’ during the night before a parent rushes to comfort him helps the child learn to self-soothe and fall asleep on his own.  The study also concludes that a regular bedtime for the baby will greatly help the child fall asleep and stay asleep.

Sourced from: ScienceDaily, Let Crying Babes Lie: Study Supports Notion of Leaving Infants to Cry Themselves Back to Sleep