An infant is created helpless, the infant depend on their mother for nine months for every need that they have. One day before the infant realizes what is going on they are being introduced to a new, loud, bright, big scary world. Right from birth the infant is poked and prodded and passed from person to person then the infant is placed in their mother’s arms. As the infant lays down on their mother’s chest the infant feels the warmth of their mother’s body. The infant hears a familiar sound of their mother’s voice as the infant on their mother’s chest then starts to cry. The only way this infant can commutate is by crying. The only way the infant knows to get there needs met are by crying but what happen to the infant and parent when the infant is left to cry it out?
When infants are left to cry themselves to sleep it teaches them to fall asleep on their own, that’s known as the ‘’Cry it out’’ (CIO) method. The benefits of using the cry it out method will makes an infant be able to self sooth, become independent. Essential this method would lead to the child being able to sleep thought out the night and wake less often then children who hasn’t learned to self sooth. Which would make infants have less sleep problems become more successful sleepers as they grow up in age. (McClure 2015)
What are the long term negative effects in not meeting an infant’s needs? Do they out weight the effects of a few peaceful nights of sleep? When you meet an infant’s needs when they cry you forms trust in your infant and the world around them. That trust can only be created within the first year of a child life. Allowing an infant to cry without meeting their needs leads to major physical and physiological effects, crying in infants is normal ...
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... a child cries is ignored the message the infant receives is they are all alone and no one will be coming to take care of them. (Brazelton 1992, Oakes 1994) The fear that we are going to spoil our children if we hold them and keep them close is extremely miss guided advice given over 50 years ago in a popular book by Dr.spock. Dr.spock later revised his parenting book on many issues related to the care of infants.
In conclusion attempting to make an infant become independent at too young of age is harmful to the development of our youth in our country and develops mistrust that will follow that infant throughout their life. Allowing a child to cry in moderation is beneficial. Lastly Regardless of popular belief and misguided information when cannot spoil our infants. Are brains are hard wire to react to an infant’s cries quickly there is no point in fighting nature.
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