You've made the decision to use the cry it out (CIO) method to sleep train, but what happens when the sound of your baby crying has you feeling like the worst mother in the world? Before you even begin the process, it's helpful to consider how to cope when you're crying out, so you can stay strong and be successful with your sleep training plan. Approaching this goal with a holistic plan that included your needs as well as your child's will have you prepared to handle the most difficult part: the sound of your baby crying.
It's hard to listen to your baby cry and not run to soothe him. After all, it's instinctual for a mother to protect her young. But if you've decided that crying it out is the right sleep training method for your family, you're going to need to be ready for those tears (and the feelings they bring out in you) when they start rolling. It's easy to be caught up in the moment and forget that the crying is only a temporary step in meeting a long term goal. And depending on which version of CIO you're using, you will have intermitted opportunities to connect with and comfort your baby through the process. But in the meantime, take solace in these seven ways to cope when your little one is crying.