Did you see Desperate Housewives a couple weeks ago?
Wait…does anyone besides me even still watch this show anymore?
I love it.
And I’m so glad Vanessa Williams is on being her bitchy best.
Anyway, there was a mini storyline with Susan and Lynette about Lynette’s infant daughter getting sleep trained.
Now, you know I’m not a mama yet, but the whole “let her cry it out” thing that Lynette was on, really rubbed me the wrong way.
My brother was born when I was 14, so I was a perma-babysitter. When he would cry I would run over and scoop him up as fast as possible. My gram (old school Jamaican) said it would “spoil” him, but I didn’t care. (and p.s. – she would scoop him up rather quickly too, so I dunno what the hell she was talkin about)
I wouldn’t want to leave him to cry anything out when I am right there and able to pick him up and comfort and soothe him to sleep or whatever.
In the show, Susan (who is the baby’s nanny) had the same feelings about it as I did. And in true Housewives fashion, comedy ensued followed by a heart to heart moment between the two friends. Awww.
This episode led me to search on my beloved justmommies.com forum and I learned that the whole “cry it out” thing is a method used by some moms to train their babies. And is the antithesis of the behaviors in a movement called Attachment Parenting. (I’m going to read up more on this attachment parenting thing, because it sounds right up my alley.)
I don’t know what kind of mom I’ll be, but I can assume I’ll rush to soothe my crying infant the same way I used to rush to soothe my baby bro.
Have you heard of the “cry it out” system? Do you use it? How did it work? How was your baby trained?
Do you do any attachment parenting techniques? How’s that working for you? Any books or sites you can recommend for me to learn more?