How Long  Do You Let  a Baby  Cry It Out? (25 Things  To Know)



By Sleep Training Kids

So how long do you need to let a baby cry it out?

There is no rule on how long you should or shouldn’t let your baby cry it out. It always depends on the baby’s age, sleep training plan, and your parenting style. Surveyed parents report shows that it normally takes between 30-120 minutes each night over the course of a week.


Surveyed Parents Report Cry It Out at Bedtime Usually Takes 1-2 Hours

Most babies screamed for about 45-60 minutes that first night.

The second night was usually better – crying lasted about 30 minutes.

For some babies, nights 3-5 were the worst.

Nights 6-7 the crying began improving until it completely tapered off, leaving bedtimes a much happier and better rested the next morning.


When someone asks how long they should let their baby cry it out, it’s also important to remember that “cry it out” has a wide variety of meanings.

Letting  Baby Cry It Out  Has Different Meanings


In fact, it covers a whole spectrum of sleep training methods.

Here are the  4 Types of Cry it Out:


Full Extinction

Description: After bedtime, your baby is allowed to cry and self-soothe to sleep.


Gradual Extinction

Description: Let your baby cry for a short period of time before checking in on them.


Faded Extinction

Description: After putting your baby to bed, you let them cry for a few minutes before checking in on them a few times before fading out the check-in process for the night.


Controlled Crying

Description: You let your baby cry in small, controlled bursts before comforting them.

As long as you approach sleep training (including crying it out) from a place of love and an attempt to help your whole family, remember this important fact:

Letting your baby cry doesn’t make you a bad parent.

So what are the most common signs that you’ve let  your child cry  for too long? 


Common Signs  You’re Letting Your Child Cry for Too Long




The type of cry changes or becomes more dramatic and more like wailing.

Your child’s crying becomes too forceful and they vomit.

Lots of crying leads to increased straining and a full diaper.

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In any case, best of luck as you sleep train your baby – and figure out how long they should cry.

Because sometimes, all that stands between your family and a better night’s sleep is a small amount of crying.

There are some babies that will do better after using a variation on crying it out. 

If that’s the case, try a variation on cry it out.  See how it works. 



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