Definition of controlled crying in English:

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controlled crying


[mass noun]
A technique for training young children to fall asleep on their own, in which the child is left to cry for gradually increasing periods of time before being comforted: Dr Green advocates a programme of controlled crying
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  • In the unlikely event of a contented baby resisting sleep in favour of a screaming session, Ford prescribes "controlled crying".
  • You should only try 'controlled crying' with the advice of your health visitor or other expert in children's sleep.
  • They don't feel comfortable with it, and I would say you shouldn't do controlled crying in a child younger than six months.

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