Have you read this article about crying it out for babies? My husband brought it to my attention while we were having a discusion about the right way to put a child to sleep. Let's just say this article does not support the crying it out method. While I don't believe there is one right way since all children and situations are different, I do know from my experience babysitting children, that those whose parents used this method went to sleep with no problem every time and seemed happier during the day. That being said, I do believe that it's not as easy to actually follow through with hearing your child cry for attention without running over to him or her to give that TLC they're craving. There are so many differing views on every aspect of parenting. One second, something is right and before you know it, it's not only wrong but considered a danger to your child. Sigh...
I'm personally a bigger fan of attachment parenting. I've waited so long (not as long as others but long in my book) and I look forward to being my sons comforter. But every parent has the right to choose what's best for their child. This is just what I prefer for myself and my child. For more info on attachment parenting I found this article on iVillage. Here's a quote from the article:
Attachment parenting is about knowing your baby and responding to what your instincts and knowledge of your family tell you is right. Dr. Sears Baby Bs are just his recommended way to help you get to know your baby better. There are as many variations on the methods of implementing attachment parenting as there are parents and babies. Attachment parenting is a vehicle to get to know your baby and develop your own unique and sensitive parenting style.
I think that's well put. There should be variations to any method because every family is different. In case you're wondering, the Baby B's stand for bonding, breastfeeding, babywearing, bedsharing and boundary building. I'm all about bonding, breastfeeding and babywearing. In fact, I can't wait for it.
What are your thoughts on "crying it out"? Please keep in mind that nothing in this post is meant to offend anyone and their preference. I just thought I'd share my thoughts and hope to hear what yours are too. Happy Friday!