Do I have to let my baby ‘cry it out’?
No, certainty not. I do not use or advocate ‘cry it out’ as a sleep guidance method. I want to assure you that as part of my program you will never have to leave your child to ‘cry it out’, nor will I ask you to leave your child alone if this doesn’t feel right for you.
The reason why my program is so effective is that it lets you develop a plan that you feel comfortable with. Change can be initially unsettling for anyone and you can expect that making changes to your child’s sleep habits will most likely involve some amount of protest. However, you will be there to comfort your child at any times and provide support through the learning process.
Above all, remember that letting your child living in a perpetual state of tiredness is far worse than a few nights of eventually increased crying. Children who sleep reliably well will cry much less in the long run.