In a recent
interview with Robert Sears, M.D., author of The Portable Pediatrician book and app, I asked about the practice of letting a baby "cry it out," and
he made some interesting points: "Newborn babies are just not made to sleep
through the night," he said. "But some parents become obsessed with seeing that
they do." He believes in using whatever calming mechanisms you can, because
crying for hours is probably not great for a baby.
agrees with the American Academy of Pediatrics that keeping your baby in the
same room with you is optimal for your sleep and the baby's safety. One big
advantage, of course, is that the "crying it out" argument becomes moot because
a mother's presence will soothe the baby. Using a bedside bassinet has the
added advantage that you can nurse your baby, then put him back in his bassinet
and fall asleep again more quickly yourself.
Sears, M.D. explains in the video below the cry it out method.
a label given to babies who cry for more than three hours a
day, three days a week for more than three weeks. A study in Pediatrics
found that probiotic drops containing Lactobacillus reuteri significantly
reduced crying in colicky babies. Additionally Sears has had success treating
colic with Colief, a
remedy from the U.K. that contains lactase; this enzyme helps break down the
lactose in breast milk and formula that some infants have trouble digesting.