This is in response to a previous post talking about whether to let their children cry it out or not. Our story: we let bub self settle from birth. We would give her 5-10 minutes to settle, and then go in and help her if needbe. As a newborn she only took about 5 mins to settle. On the days she didn’t, we just rocked her to sleep. As she got older we got better at knowing when she was just grumpy and when she was really upset. If she was just fighting sleep and there was nothing else wrong we would give her 10 minutes, go in and calm her down and then give her another 10 minutes. By about 7 months she was settling without crying at all, was happy to go to sleep and happy to wake up. I’m so glad we let her self settle because it has been so great for all of us as a family. I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but just wanted to share our story :-)

Posted by moocowmel, 9th May 2013

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  • yes different things work for different babies. i couldn’t do this as it was heartbreaking to hear them crying for me


  • Sleep issues!! … so happy you found something that works for you.


  • thanks for sharing! going to try and start some self settling today! baby is 6 months


  • I had such a hard time getting my first child to sleep well – but I stuck to self settling, and it’s paid off – these days, my two kids (4 and 2) run happily to bed and go to sleep without a peep – it was hard work in the early days, and I spent a lot of time watching the clock and listening to a crying baby, going in, comforting, waiting…. but I’m so glad I did, because come 7pm, I have time to myself – my peaceful evenings keep me sane!


  • I never used to let my little ones cry themselves to sleep, nor did I go in straight away.


  • Wow… awesome. Self settling works for your baby.


  • the memories of putting baby’s to sleep

    • Yes the memories, they grow up so quickly.


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