Allowing babies to cry out for short periods of time, while training them to sleep by themselves is not in anyway detrimental to the emotional development of the child, nor does it harm the parent-child relationship, a recent study seems to suggest.
The study which tracked children till they turned 6 years old, found that milder and softer approaches to sleep training, where parents return to the room of the crying baby at regular intervals to offer a bit of soothing helps and takes a few days to work.
AdvertisementThe controversial method where parents allow the baby to cry it out in the room without so much as even checking out the baby in the room in-between may be a bit harsh and could end up distressing the parent, leaving room for a lot of negativity.
Supporters of sleep training have said that teaching children to go to bed by themselves is good to offset sleep problems at a later stage.
Ultimately, we must understand that if a child sleeps well at night, the mother also gets the necessary rest, which is very crucial for her well-being.