I’ll be honest: when my first-born daughter was a newborn, I really didn’t know what I was doing. Everything was an experiment for us. If one particular method worked, it worked. If it didn’t, we moved on to the next. As new parents with zero experience with babies, we were learning something new each and every day.
Thankfully, our child was very patient with our trial methods as far as her feedings and sleep routines were concerned. But if there was one thing that we didn’t know how to tackle, it was her crying. We weren’t sure if we needed to pick her up and soothe her each time she cried or if we should just let her cry it out on her own. We tried both and ended up with mixed results.
Thankfully, there are parents that have tried all different methods when it comes to trying to soothe their children back to sleep. Some work, some don’t. And we’ve got it all outlined here for you.
Here’s what you need to know about the cry it out method.
1. Cry it Out Method
The infant self-soothing technique, invented by Dr. Richard Ferber, requires parents to let their babies “cry it out” for a predetermined amount of time, in increasing intervals, before they comfort them.
Experts say that you should wait until your baby is physically and emotionally ready to sleep through the night, usually between 4 and 6 months of age. Ferber doesn’t designate a precise age at which to begin his technique, since it can vary so much depending on the child.
2. It’s All in the Timing
Start during a time when you can afford to lose some sleep yourself. Be consistent with the Ferber method once you get started, which means doing the same things at naps, bedtime, and if your child wakes up in the middle of the night. Move your child’s bedtime to the time when he typically falls asleep.
3. If it Doesn’t Work…
Should the cry it out method not work, you have two other options:
Swaddling: wrap your baby in a blanket so he feels secure.
Shushing: create “white noise” that drowns out other noises: run the vacuum cleaner, hair drier, fan or clothes drier.