Study: Letting Babies ‘Cry it Out’ is Best

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It’s an incredibly difficult parenting dilemma: should I or shouldn’t let my baby “cry it out?”

According to a new study, infants are best left to self-soothe and go to sleep on their own.

Researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia asked parents of more than 1,200 infants to document their child’s waking habits at 6, 15, 24 and 36 months.

At 6 months, 66 percent of babies were waking up about once a week, while 33 percent woke up seven nights a week. The infants in the 33 percent group dropped to waking up two nights a week by 15 months.

Temple psychology professor and study co-author Marsha Weinraub explained the breakdown:

“When mothers tune in to these night time awakenings and/or if a baby is in the habit of falling asleep during breastfeeding, then he or she may not be learning to how to self-soothe, something that is critical for regular sleep,” she says.
 
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