Study: Letting baby 'cry it out' won’t cause damage

The practice of letting a baby cry it out, or cry until the child drifts off to sleep, does not cause long-term emotional or behavior harm, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by researchers at Flinders University in Australia, tested the controversial sleep method of crying it out, and another commonly used sleep method on a group of 43 infants spanning from six months to 16 months.

Researchers discovered that infants whose parents used “graduated extinction,” or those who allowed their child to cry for increasingly long periods of time, were no more stressed than babies whose parents used bedtime fading, or the technique of moving bedtime later in hope that the child will fall asleep more quickly.  continue reading...

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