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Controlled Crying. Love it or hate it?

Controlled crying. Like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. You either do it or you don’t. There is so much controversy surrounding this method of getting your baby / child to self-soothe and settle, but it was always an easy decision for me.

When Joey was just under six months old, he went through a sleep regression and needed comfort to fall asleep at bedtime as well as in the night. So, the day came and I put him in his cot, sat on the sofa and gritted my teeth while I listened to him scream. My anxiety levels went soaring and I had to message my NCT buddies for support while turning up the volume on the TV. I even considered wearing ear plugs.

I went in after five mins, then ten, then 15... And finally, he was asleep. YAAAAS! After just TWO DAYS of CCing, he was back to sleeping through the night.

Many mums think it’s cruel, but I disagree so long as you know your little one is okay - that they’re fed, have a clean nappy and aren’t in pain.

Having to do it again a year later is even harder. They understand more and can lay on the guilt. But doing it today reminded me how successful it had been in the past and now I’m hoping it works its magic again. Call me selfish, but to be a good mum I need two things: sleep and sanity. #controlledcrying #sleepregression #mum #mumlife #mumsofinstagram#realifemama #parenting #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #toddlerspam#instamum #toddlerlife#toddlersofinstagram

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