"A LANDMARK South Australian study has put to bed one of parenting’s most polarising issues: is controlled crying harmful to babies?
The world-first, controversial study, conducted through Flinders University and published overseas today, has found that the sleep-training method — where babies are left to cry themselves to sleep at varying intervals — has no adverse long-term effects on a child’s emotions, behaviour or attachment to its parents and in fact provides significant sleep benefits to the baby."
Would this make you more willing to try CC? Or feel less opposed in your thoughts of those that do?
ETA I just wanted to clarify that this isn't in the pro controlled crying section, as I wanted to hear both sides.
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24-05-2016 16:59 #1
Controlled Crying study
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24-05-2016 17:00 #2
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24-05-2016 17:03 #3
Controlled Crying study
while I'm not surprised cc has been found to have no long term adverse effects (according to this study), I'd still not be any more inclined to try cc/cio. to me it seems unkind to leave a crying baby by itself. I also think sleep training is unkind. let babies be the guide, why should we be forcing our regimented, clock watching adult schedules onto such tiny humans? so no, it doesn't make me any more inclined to try it.
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24-05-2016 17:07 #4
I'm not surprised by the study's results to be honest. But no, it wouldn't make me any more likely to.
The reasons I had for choosing not to CC wouldn't have changed - that I have no doubt it wouldn't have worked for DS, and that I found it distressing when my baby cried.
I had a way to make him stop crying almost all of the time (feeding and cuddles), and even though it was hell at times, I felt I would handle lack of sleep better than going through CC.
24-05-2016 17:09 #5
24-05-2016 17:11 #6
I did do CC with my first and it worked well until it stopped working when she got sick. After that I just couldn't get it to work again so we stopped.
No I didn't do it with my next 3 but at times we have done some form of modified sleep training to encourage better sleep. I'm a terrible sleeper and I don't want that for my kids when they're adults.
It wouldn't make me more or less inclined. My reasons for not doing it were never about long term harm. I just don't like it for me and my family.
24-05-2016 17:14 #7
Controlled Crying study
a few mums in my mothers group keep tinkering with their babies' sleeping and honestly, it just bothers me. babies will wake through the night, that's what they're supposed to do!
I get people who have very difficult babies that will not settle may have a much harder go of it and so I do reserve judgement for these parents, I think people who choose to tinker and tweak their child's sleeping patterns in a bid to make their own life easy are selfish. if your kid wakes 2, 3, 4 times in a night, deal with it. yes it's annoying but honestly, what did you expect.
(I'm talking the collective you btw, not you specifically) 😊
24-05-2016 17:16 #8
No, it would not make be more inclined to do controlled crying. My mother instinct tells me when my baby cries, to pick him up and comfort him and I won't over ride that with advice written in a baby book. Horses for courses though.
24-05-2016 17:28 #9
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24-05-2016 17:30 #10
I have used cc and first time around had no preconceptions about sleep training so when I read about it I gave it a go and it worked. It was only later when I started hearing all the anti sleep training arguments that I considered what effect it might have and honestly having a happy baby who didn't get too distressed doing cc I never though negatively about it. However when I tried it with ds2 and it didn't work well I spent a long time feeling awful and terrified that I might be causing long term issues. So for me these findings just give me reassurance that I'm not an awful parent and confirm what I initially believed.
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