Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cry It Out “Method”, How I despise thee.

I’m not usually a very outspoken blogger like this, but this rubbed me the wrong way so I’m going to say something about it.

Let me make this clear before I start this post: I think there is a difference between letting your child ‘fuss it out’ knowing their physical and emotional needs are met and letting your child scream and sob until they vomit. I know that it is different when your child has something such as colic or what have you, but my referencing to CIO is not directed at that sort of situation. Moving on.

I was recently directed by a friend to an instagram post where someone posted a photo of their child vomit covered crib sheets saying “Looks like she worked herself up so much she threw up #cryitout #growthspurtsrequireextralove” and then proceeded to comment “husband couldn’t take hearing his baby girl cry and couldn’t believe that I was laughing and took a picture of this.”

I had to wipe my eyes a couple of times to make sure I was reading it correctly. You not only decided to post a photo you took of your daughters vomit on social media but you decided to share with the world that you thought it was funny that she cried so hard that she puked?

Please, my friends, if you’re going to sleep train your child PLEASE educate yourself. And I am not telling you to go and read 14 sleep training books because I know you are sleep deprived and don’t have time for that, but at least do a LITTLE basic research. There is not a single educated sleep specialist that is going to tell you that setting your child in a room and leaving them NO MATTER what and letting them sob until they throw up is a productive decision.

And not JUST with sleep training. With ANYTHING you do as a parent. I don’t feel bad at all for saying that I think it’s irresponsible to not know your options. Does that mean that I think that everyone should take Bradley Method classes and have a natural birth? NOT in the slightest. We researched and decided those were the best options for us. It’s your job as a parent to do your own research and decide what is best for you and YOUR family. I hate to be sound mean but if you’re 6 months pregnant and think that your water has to break in order to be in labor, I will probably shake my head at you. And then kindly tell you about how I was 9cm with contractions coming two at a time before my water broke. And then refer you to some resources that helped me. If you’re nice. ;)


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