A friend of mine recommended me the book The Sleep Sense Program by Dana Obleman to help me with Laura’s bedtime routine. I’m still in chapter 4, but the book has already touched in a very delicate topic: let the baby cry until he/she falls asleep. According to the author, there’s no harm in letting the baby cry for a while, especially when there is nothing wrong with her/him (the baby is clean, fed, not cold or hot, not ill), and it is for a good cause. The damage of consistent bad nights of sleep is worse than a couple of weeks of crying before bedtime.
It’s important though to let the baby know what is happening – she/he needs to know that bedtime is approaching and following the same bedtime routine is very important. I read about this before, but I was never comfortable with the crying, as I mentioned here several times.
Mr. C hates letting her cry and thinks that she will psychologically affected by “rejection”. I just hate baby cry – it annoys me profoundly. I think I can get over the annoyance, but Mr.C already told me that he CANNOT let her cry. So I suggested that he would spend a couple of weeks in Romania while I stay in London trying to educate our little one the good habit of sleeping well through the night.
As I said, I’m still in the beginning of the book – there’s still a lot to come (150 pages to be precise). I’ll keep you posted on this. But I have to go now, she is crying.