What is the "cry it out" method?
People often think this method of sleep training involves leaving babies alone to cry for as long it takes before they fall asleep. But "cry it out" (CIO) simply refers to any sleep training approach — and there are many — that says it's okay to let a baby cry for a specified period of time (often a very short period of time) before offering comfort.
In his 1985 book Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems (revised and expanded in 2006), pediatrician Richard Ferber presented one method of getting children to sleep that has become virtually synonymous with CIO — so much so that you'll hear parents refer to any CIO method as "Ferberizing."
Ferber himself never uses the term "cry it out." And he's only one of a number of sleep experts who say that crying — while not the goal — is for some children an unavoidable part of sleep training.
So how many moms out there use this method? I am all about it. Being pregnant I get all sorts of opinions..."Oh you think you will vacation, just wait", "oh, kiss your nights out goodbye", "oh just wait and see what your body looks like after", blah blah blah! Everyone is different people. I have friends who are fine with leaving their kids overnight at the grandparents and taking vacations alone and who are skinnier now than before. It all depends on the people and the baby! I am looking forward to being a mom, yes I know things are going to change drastically and of course I am going to love my baby more than anything in the world, but I also 100% believe in date nights, husband and wife grown up trips and sleeping alone- NO CO-SLEEPING!!! Now, to each is own, don't get me wrong, but for me, this is what I am sticking to.
I know it will be hard, but as soon as the baby is up to weight and ready I am going to start implenting the CIO method asap.