There are few words like "crying it out" that bring all the sanctimommies to the yard to make you feel guilty about the way you're getting your baby to sleep. Pretty much all parenting decisions you make are hated by some group of people, but I don't think I've ever felt so attacked as I was the day I told a family member I was attempting the cry it out method. In hindsight, I should've shared some books about crying it out, because everyone assumed I was not only abusing my baby, but letting her cry for hours upon hours while I peacefully snoozed.
Chances are, if you want a book about crying it out, you're exhausted. You're tired of a baby who doesn't sleep, you're tired of the nightly struggle, and you're at the end of your rope. That's exactly how I was, and when I followed a cry it out method that didn't leave my baby screaming for hours on end, she went to sleep in 45 minutes. The next night? 30. One day later, she was sleeping through the night.
I'm not alone in using this method. A study found that out of 40 books about parenting and sleep advice, 61 percent endorsed crying it out. Most of the books recommend a gradual cry it out method with scheduled check-ins, while a few did suggest going cold-turkey.
Of these seven books about crying it out, some suggest checking in with your baby while others suggest a more hardcore approach. When it comes to you and your baby, you know what works best. But if you're looking for any type of advice on using a cry it out method, one of these seven books is sure to help everyone get some sleep.