Thursday, 20 September 2012
When my Little One was a baby she was really good about sleeping. Maybe it was because she slept with me until she was 8 months old and was breastfed until she self-weaned at 19 months. Maybe I was just lucky. Either way she never had to suffer through an attempt of Cry It Out (CIO).
I didn't know anything about that method when she was a baby other than it was "supposed" to help parents get more sleep and "help" babies learn the "proper" way to sleep through the night. Well, recently I have realized that I am a parent who is a member of the attachment parenting movement and I have learned a lot about the biology of a baby's sleep and the damage that CIO can cause.
If you Google "Cry It Out" lots of articles about how great it is pop up. But nothing about how bad it can be and how harmful it is for the developing brain cells of a baby. Google it and you won't find out that the creator, Dr. Ferber, found out through his studies that it was harming children but that he never did anything to stop new parents from using his method.
I know there are tons of parents who will tell you that it works, that their children are happy and healthy and no harm came to them from this method. But I challenge all new parents to do some research about this method and then make up their own minds. One article that I found interesting was this one where I read:
*Researchers at Yale University and Harvard Medical School found that intense stress early in life can alter the brain’s neurotransmitter systems and cause structural and functional changes in regions of the brain similar to those seen in adults with depression.
*One study showed infants who experienced persistent crying episodes were 10 times more likely to have ADHD as a child, along with poor school performance and antisocial behavior. The researchers concluded these findings may be due to the lack of responsive attitude of the parents toward their babies.
What are your views? How did you come to your conclusion about CIO?