The sound of your baby crying can make your heart ache. You want to rush to them and make everything better, drying those tears. But until your baby is old enough to talk, they are going to use crying to communicate her feelings, thoughts, and needs to you. Although no time is ever a good time for your baby to be crying, many parents struggle with deciding how much (if any) they should let their child cry at bedtime. To clear things up, three experts weighed in on which things sleep coaches want you to know about crying it out, to help to understand the big picture.
I spoke with sleep coaches Brooke Nalle, Kim West, and Pam Edwards, who have dedicated their career to helping parents find solutions when they just can't get their little one to sleep; and they had some good points to make about crying it out. "First of all, let's define crying it out," Nalle says. "Crying it out means putting a baby down awake and letting her self regulate so that she can go to sleep." This can mean as little or as much crying as you decide as the parent. It's not a one size fits all plan.
To understand more about what crying it out means, take a look at the points about crying it out that sleep coaches want parents to know.