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is it ok to let my 2 month old cry himself to sleep? he only wants to be held all night long. i put him down & he wakes up realizing he's not being held & cries till i pick him up

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Dr. Sharon McNeill
12 years experience Family Medicine
Probably not yet: Most people feel that until at least 3 months, your child should not be left to 'cry it out.' he isn't old enough to understand that he will be ok on his own. He needs you! if you are not already swaddling- try it- this helps reduce an infant's startle reflex and helps him feel snug and secure. Also, don't put him down when he's sound asleep, put him down when he's about 70-80% asleep.
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: I have seen no data that would support the idea that letting a newborn or young infant cry impacts anyone other than those observing it. Tired babies often cry to indicate they don't like how they feel & want you to fix it.They are not aware of sleep but do so naturally. Behaviorists have documented a 4x higher rate of prolonged sleep disturbinces in babies rocked to sleep.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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