As much as parens around the world would like their babies to sleep blissfully through the night as soon as they enter the world, that's just not how they operate. As a result, most babies will be sleep trained to help them sleep for adequate periods of time. Some parents choose the cry it out method because it meshes well with their lifestyle. It can be tricky, though, and especially if there's more than one kid in the house. So, how do you cry it out if there's a sibling in the house? Turns out, it's not impossible.
The main concern when choosing to cry it out with another kid at home is, of course, the potential for disrupting an older sibling's sleep. As a parent you feel awful that your older child is waking up to the baby's cries every night. I used the cry it out technique with my second baby while living in a small urban condo. Her older sister was just 16-months-old at the time and was just getting used to her own sleep schedule (finally). Suffice to say, the entire ordeal was a bit of a nightmare.
The other concern most parents will face when crying it out touches on any emotional distress the older child (or children) may or may not experience when seeing and/or hearing their younger sibling crying. Elisabeth Stitt of Joyful Parenting Coaching tells Romper via email, "As with so many parenting moments, confidence is key here. If you transmit to your older child that you are 100 percent behind the approach you are taking, the older child may have his sleep interrupted, but he won’t be emotionally disturbed."
If you're considering the cry it out sleep training method, or have already made your decision, here are seven things you can do to make it easier on the baby, you, and any siblings in the house.