Getting sleep as a parent can be a serious struggle. When you don't get enough, it can impact your health, ability to function, and overall mental health. Unfortunately, if you're like me, the idea of letting your baby or toddler "cry it out" when they refuse to sleep can seem scary, challenging, or even harmful. So if you're asking yourself, "What are the different types of cry it out?" in order to find something that doesn't seem so overwhelming, you're in luck. There are various forms and methods you can try.
According to the Baby Sleep Site, "cry it out" sleep training methods specifically include methods where parents, to varying degrees, let their baby cry for a period of time at bedtime. The theory is that through these methods, your baby can learn to fall asleep on their own. Extinction methods, for example, call for parents to let their child "cry it out" without a parent coming in the room and until they fall asleep. Other methods, like the Ferber method, suggest a gradual approach, where parents periodically check on their child and console them.
Like all things in parenting, there is no one-sized fits all method that works for all parents or all babies. According to sleep expert, Kim West, a licensed certified social worker (LCSW-C), parents should choose a sleep training method that "best aligns with their parenting values and beliefs, is the best match for their child’s temperament, and the method they can follow through with consistently."