The debate regarding whether parents should leave infants to ‘cry it out’ has been raised again with the findings of a new study showing that while strategy appears to be rare when a baby is born, it appears to increase among parents over the child’s first 18 months.
What should we make of this finding and others? Two issues are of crucial importance, outlined in: ‘Parental use of ‘cry it out’ in infants: no adverse effects on attachment and behavioural development at 18 months’ Ayten Bilgin,1 and Dieter Wolke, 1 Department of Psychology, University of Warwick, Coventry.
You can read The Times precis dated 11 March 2020, suggesting that ‘letting babies cry’ can teach them ‘self-control’. This has caused much concern among professionals and confusion with parents.
AIMH (UK) Position Statement
AIMH (UK) has responded with an AIMH (UK) Position Statement.