One researcher is claiming in a newly-released Psychology Today
article that letting a baby "cry it out" to sleep train may be dangerous. When babies are stressed, their bodies release the hormone cortisol, which can damage neurons in their brain. This can lead to ADHD, poor academic performance and anti-social tendencies.
A lot of parents "cry it out", which is really a blanket term for letting a child learn to self-soothe, and there are various methods and beliefs for how to sleep train effectively. Does this new information about potentially harming our children and killing neurons mean parents will find other ways to teach their child to sleep through the night and comfort themselves?
The researcher claims that "A caregiver who learns to ignore baby crying, will likely learn to ignore the more subtle signaling of the child's needs."
, and that "What does extensive baby crying signal? It shows the lack of experience, knowledge and/or support of the baby's caregivers."
My babies have all cried, and I've let them, so is she really implying that my children are not cared for because I've let them cry?
If you care to read the Psychology Today
article, here's the LINK
. Does this change your mind on the "cry it out" sleep training method?