Leaving babies to cry at night results in a better night’s sleep for mum and baby!
It’s the news all parents have been waiting for - leaving your baby to cry at night has no detrimental effects and can actually result in a better night’s sleep for you and your baby!
Parents in the study were split into two groups – those who immediately comforted their babies and those who were taught ‘sleep intervention techniques’. One method used was ‘controlled crying’ where the baby is allowed to cry out for 30 seconds the first night before being soothed, then is left to cry a little longer the next night – increasing gradually as they learn to settle themselves.
And in addition to both parents and babies having more sleep when using intervention techniques, stress levels were lower and mums were less likely to develop post-natal depression.
Scientists followed the babies from seven months to age six and the children who were left to cry were less likely to have behavioural problems and had no mental health problems relating to being left to cry.
However, lead author, Dr Anna Price warns parents not to leave children unmonitored all night and that only babies aged over seven months should be left to cry.
Does this research comfort you or just add to the conflicting evidence already published? And do you leave you baby to cry, or can you not resist comforting them?