For a few weeks, my son has been waking up in the middle of the night, crying fiercely. This started when he had a high fever for a few days (he's better now), but he's still waking up crying even though he's better! So I posted a message to some Mommy friends of mine on a Babycenter board about this situation. One friend had replied that I should let my son 'cry it out'...which means, let him cry until he falls back asleep. She said he could potentially become attached and demanding if I picked him up and rocked him back to sleep. I checked back later on in the day and another friend posted an opposite opinion.
Here are some links she gave about the subject:
Crying for comfort: distressed babies need to be held - Art of Mothering
Mothering, Jan-Feb, 2004 by Aletha Solter
The Dangers of Leaving Your Baby to Cry
By Margaret Chuong-Kim, M.A.
Mistaken Approaches to Night Waking:
Excerpt from Sweet Dreams: A pediatrician's secrets for your child's good night sleep, Lowell House, 22-28 By Paul M. Fleiss, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., 2000
Loving Responses to a baby's cries
Copyright (c) 2001 By Ingrid Bauer:
Fatherhood Basic Instinct
A dad can do so much more than defend the cave. New research shows that he too has the biological goods to nurture baby
By John Hoffman
CIO? No! The case for not using "cry-it-out" with your children
By Gale E.Ward
'No Cry Sleep Solution' book, by Elizabeth Pantley