How Old For Cry It Out

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jessb - February 6

I am wondering what is the recommended age to start CIO? It is recommended for 3+ months or should I wait longer? Please no posts against using cry it out. It is a personal choice, I used it for my older daughter and it was hard but in the end so worth it b/c it worked great. I just dont remember when I started it with her :o) If someone has done CIO recently I would love to hear when you started....


austynsmommy - February 6

I did it with my son and I plan on doing it with my new son. I don't rember when I started it though. I'm sorry about not being really helpful.


jenna32 - February 6

i read that around 6 months plus is a good time. You may as well let them cry it out. The other method where you just come in and rub their back or whatever, they are still going to be crying their head off anyways. I don't see how there is any getting around it.


amanda17 - February 6

I think it's 6 months but I wouldn't swear to it. You know way back when they used to tell parents that from birth they shouldn't touch a baby when it's crying unless he or she is hungry or needs a diaper change. I think that with how often they change their minds about what's best for baby, it all comes down to personal choice. If you feel like it's time to let your child cry it out then I'd say to go with what you think is best.


gabby509 - February 6

We did CIO with my son right after his 6 month checkup. He was waking up 3-5 times a night up until we did it, and it was the best thing we ever did. He is 8 months now and sleeps great.


gabby509 - February 6

Oh I forgot to add that my ped said that by 6 months they have alraedy developed a secure attachment to their parents and that is why they say to wait until then. Before then, he said some babies develop trust issues.


CgGirl - February 6

I did it when dd was about 8 weeks. Only had to use it for a couple weeks.


Justine1 - February 7

I was told by my health visitor I musn't do CIO before 6 months but I live in England and the advice may be different over there. I've never used it though.


wv_red - February 7

I waited until dd was a little over 6 months old and it only lasted a couple of days


jessb - February 9

Thanks ladies! I guess I have a few more months to wait-dd is only 3 months. I am trying hard to remember and i think i did it with dd#1 at around 5 1/2 months, I could quite make it to the 6 month mark, LOL!


sarah21 - February 9

I did it with my daughter at 6 months. It worked really well because I was ready for it and she was, too. It only took one night and she's been great ever since.


nino3 - February 12

hi, i have a 15 month old son at home. He never really stated crying for no reason until recently. He does it especially when we go to his grandparents house and he is sleepy. I actually have to lay down with him till he falls asleep. My mother in law tells me that i need to have some sort of life becuase i never let him cry. He wimpers and i run but now i am pg again and dont know what to do. Is CIO a good method to help them stop all the winning? I have tried it before and it just kills me. I tried it once and let him cry for 30 minutes before i went to the room and i calmmed down and fell asleep in my arms. That night he trhrew up alot and i felt sooo guilty for having him cry sooo much. Is this normal for me to feel like this. I know my sisters in law do this with their kids and they are alot less whinny than mine. I am a new mother but i dont want to spoil him and i also want to know ill always be there but have no clue what to do. So is CIO a good method???



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