It's not that it's "BAD," it just sets up a precedent that a lot of parents don't with to continue later on. It fails to teach the child how to fall asleep on his/her own, which is a VERY important life skill. I know a lot of people are against "crying-it-out" but I don't think of it that way. I think of it more as teaching my baby to self-soothe and put herself to sleep. We did this when she was about 6 months old and then had to do it again at 9 months after some terrible teething issues. It was HORRIBLE for about 3 day- more horrible on me than her, believe me! But it was SOOOOOO worth it. Best parenting decision I have ever, ever made! We have our routine and she is down for a full 12 hours, no problems. It gave my husband and I our life back after 7:30 (when she goes down) plus we are both getting enough sleep now! She is also more independent and a better child for it!
at 5:37 PM on Sep. 20, 2010