Controlled Crying – Cruel to be Kind


When I first became a mum, controlled crying, (a practice in which you let your child cry themselves to sleep in order to teach them to sleep in their own bed and self-soothe), was initially suggested to us by a Health Advisor during a check-up.


My son, Luca, was very small, about a year old. We were co-sleeping and he would continually wake through the night so we decided that we would give controlled crying a go. We placed Luca down to sleep in his cot and immediately he started to scream uncontrollably, which was unbearable to listen to. We soon caved and decided that it wasn’t the right time and that Luca seemed more distressed that we could tolerate.


It was when Luca was 18 months that we next revisited this concept. It wasn’t as bad this time round, the cries didn’t seem as distressing, although the resistance still…

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