Updated: Nov 30, 2017
Back in the day and still today in some circle I have heard parents say just to let the baby cry it out, its strengthening their lungs. I don't agree with this philosophy, a baby needs to feel heard, feel safe and cared for and if it is crying that means something. Maybe they are lonely or frustrated, too hot, too cold. Crying is their only means of communicating with parents or caregivers that they need something or that something is wrong. Listen to them and try to figure out their cues, what could their crying mean? While is crying for 5 or 10 minutes should have no long term detrimental effects, its still best practice to attend to a baby who is crying.