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Should parents let babies cry?
Sept. 11, 2012 12:01 a.m.


Leaving babies to cry for a short time rather than immediately comforting them may be a secret to longer sleep for both babies and parents, according to a new study.



The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggests certain techniques that mothers and fathers can follow to teach their babies settle themselves. These include 'controlled crying', where the parent waits a certain length of time before soothing the child.



To localize:




  • Talk to local pediatricians and see what they say. Are there different schools of thought on this still? What suggestions do they have for parents when dealing with a crying baby?


  • New mothers would probably have some advice to give. Find out if any of them have tried this technique.


  • How about people who have already raised their children? What worked for them? You could provide a pullout of information provided by parents. Let people know what worked and what didn't.

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