One of the things about being a new parent is that sometimes you have no idea what on earth you’re doing. We have a tendency to judge ourselves in the harshest of ways, and thus when something goes amiss, we tend to overcompensate and make things worse. A great example of this is when you’re trying to put your baby to sleep, and they’re crying hysterically. The thing is, sometimes it’s actually preferable to let them cry it out.
They Know You Better Than You Think
The second we hear our baby crying, we immediately think they need us and that something is wrong. Sometimes, this is true. But other times, this isn’t true at all. In fact, our baby is screaming for us because they know that we’ll come running. If we’ve conditioned them to expect to get held whenever they cry hysterically, why wouldn’t they cry? Your baby is smarter than you think, and they know how to get what they want by pushing your sensitive buttons.
Flipping The Script
As painful as it is to do, you need to flip the script back on your baby by sometimes allowing them to cry it out. They need to learn—not just now, but for when they get older—that things in life don’t just go their way whenever they scream and shout. We’re not saying to treat your baby like a soldier, without showing any emotion at all. But there is a balance that should be implemented, and it’s important to be aware of that.