When you have a baby, waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of cries can become challenging over time. As much as you love your little one, anything that interrupts your own precious sleep can leave you in a less than good mood. This is why, for some families, the cry it out method can be a lifesaver when it comes to helping everyone in the house get a good night's sleep. That being said, there are some cry it out red flags that means it's OK to quit the technique.
Although those opposed to cry it out believe that allowing your baby's cries to go unanswered for any period of time is cruel, Baby Center noted that proponents of this method suggest that the crying is simply part of the process as baby gets used to her new sleep schedule.
If you decide to give cry it out a try, it's important that you and your partner are all in. Things like a lack of support and even your own mom guilt can make things more challenging and lead to setbacks in your efforts to help your baby learn to fall asleep on his own. But don't worry. Whether it is a temporary speed bump or a larger issue, with help from your doctor or a sleep coach, you and your baby can begin to enjoy a good night's sleep — until the next sleep regression.