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New study: Let your child cry it out

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

For years parents and researchers have been debating whether to coddle crying children or let them calm themselves.

"I think all babies need to be soothed and rocked back to sleep," said Krishna Williams, parent.

She has no problem holding her baby tight, especially if they're having trouble getting some sleep.

"They need that affection from their mom, their dad or whoever. I don't think they should just cry," Williams said.

Some researchers said it's better to let your baby cry themselves to sleep. That's according to a study conducted in Australia.

They used a method called graduation extinction. That's a technical term for crying it out. Their results found infants left alone fell asleep almost 15 minutes faster than those who had parents who stayed with them wiping their tears away.

"I agree with that. I've always kind of let my son cry it out," said Kaila Schiattone, parent.

Schiattone has a 15-month-old son. While she does let him cry it out she said she can only stay away for so long.

"It's just like five or 10 minutes at most," she said.

Meanwhile, Sadie LaClair said she can't deal with the anxiety he hearing her baby girl cry. Although, she admits her husband doesn't always agree with her approach.

"He thought it was a good idea. He thinks if they're going to sleep better, why not? But I'm definitely not about that," LaClair said.

Dr. Thomas Haller said there's really no wrong way to put your child to sleep.

"I don't think you're going to hurt your kids tremendously one way or the other," Haller said.

He said it comes down to which style works best for both parent and child.

As for Williams, she's expecting her bundle of joy to arrive in December. She said she'll cherish all the time she spends with her newest addition.

"I think all babies should be with their mom or dad or whoever. Yeah, they need to have that connection," Williams said.

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