How long do you let a baby cry it out?
This is one of the hardest parts of being a mom, hearing your baby cry.
When I would put our daughter’s down for a nap or bed time, I would give myself a chore to keep busy the first 5 minutes to give my daughter time to soothe herself to sleep. I would typically go start a load of laundry so I couldn’t hear her cry.
By the time I was done, she was usually done fussing and/or already asleep. There were times the crying last longer. However, I would set a timer for 2 minutes so I wouldn’t rush in too quickly. During this time, I would wait to hear if her crying would soften, even just a little bit. If I could hear a difference in the level of crying, that told me she was trying and learning how to soothe. Every time I heard the crying level soften, I would reset the timer for another 2 minutes. Eventually, she would put herself to sleep.
I truly believe teaching your baby to sleep is one of the first big tasks we teach our children. Helping them to learn and establish great sleep is one skill they will take with them for a lifetime!
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