Is It OK to Let a  1-Year-Old Cry It Out?

By Sleep Training Kids

Based on talking to hundreds and thousands of parents, there is a significant percentage of us who have had to rely on cry-it-out (sometimes abbreviated as CIO) to get our children on a healthier sleeping pattern.

Letting a  1-Year-Old  Cry it Out is OK


So let’s go over these 6 basic steps for Cry-It-Out Sleep Training methods:

- Do your bedtime routine with your child – Put your child to bed – Let your child self-settle – Check-in on your child at pre-determined intervals – If you choose to comfort your child, do so via the predetermined method – Inconsolable crying – Repeat steps 3-5 as needed until your child falls asleep


Most children will cry for 1-2 hours that first night of dedicated CIO sleep training. 

Night one: crying for 1-2 hours

Night two: cries for 30 minutes

Night four: cries for 45 minutes

Night three: cries for an hour

Night five: cries for 20 minutes

However, in some instances (like our own), some 1-year-olds will cry more like this:

It’s okay to let your baby (of any age) cry if there’s nothing wrong.

Here are some solid advice when some (not all) babies cry for no known reason:

Make sure your baby is in a safe place and has their needs met


Then, put them down and walk away – and let them cry

It’s much better to let your child cry in another room than to hold them and lose your temper.

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Your child vomits after crying

There’s a diaper incident

Your child is an escape artist

If extinction sleep training isn’t working for your child, you’re going to know it.

Your baby won’t stop crying

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Even so, here are the most common reasons why cry-it-out won’t work with a one-year-old.

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You can’t handle it

Scientific studies have found that short-term, cry-it-out style sleep training is generally safe.

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Does Cry it Out Cause Damage?

It can cause a slight,  temporary increase in cortisol,  but once sleep training is done,  those stress hormone levels go down more than in babies who haven’t done any sleep training at all and are still overtired.

In order to figure out why they’re crying, though, see what’s going on right before they start crying.

02 If there is crying every night at about 8 PM, then your child is probably exhausted. You may want to address a bedtime change

03 if your child is crying every night at a reasonable dinner time, then maybe they just don’t like your cooking

01 If your child is straining, then it’s probably the poopy diaper