If you’re a parent, you’ve likely heard about the cry it out method to get your baby to sleep. Well-meaning family or friends may suggest letting your baby cry himself to sleep, so he can “learn to be independent.” Or perhaps they may suggest cry it out because they say, “it works.”
However, parenting techniques like cry it out, which originated in 1913 (and potentially earlier), aren’t always best. And when we know better, we do better.
What some people believe "works" on babies actually goes beyond their own understanding of the infant brain. In order to understand what cry it out really does to the infant brain, and why highly educated and trained professionals refuse to support it, I interviewed some leading experts in the baby sleep world.
From pediatricians to professors to a lactation consultant, the evidence is startling and highly concerning.