Block your ears peeps or stock up on ear plugs.
For it seems we’re about to be hit with an influx of screaming babies, left to cry on their own, in their cots, while parents happily ignore them.
Media outlets around the world are publishing headlines such as:
“It’s OK to let your baby cry himself to sleep, study finds”
“New research says ‘Cry It Out’ baby sleep method doesn’t harm babies”
“Parents Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Training Babies to Sleep”
Media outlets are claiming ‘Cry-it-out’ is OK; that letting your precious baby cry itself to sleep causes no harm, after the American Pediatrics journal published results of decade-long Flinders University research.
According to Adelaide Now, the study’s findings fly in the face of parenting advice that generally advocates for gentler sleeping techniques, including rocking and swaddling.
The most successful technique was controlled crying, where babies learned to self soothe, which had infants falling asleep, on average, 13 minutes sooner, according to Yahoo!.
Researcher Dr Michael Gradisar said there was the added benefit that the babies “weren’t waking up so much during the night as well”.