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It is widely believed that a few minutes of crying does not hurt a child, but on the contrary helps him find calm and sleep on his own.
The Australian Association for Child Mental Health AAIMH believes that these practices do not meet the emotional and psychological needs of young children, and that they can have long-term negative consequences on their psychological health.
A baby's crying is a signal of physiological or emotional distress. Through his cries, he wishes to warn his parents of an unfulfilled need, hunger, fear, pain. He is totally dependent and cannot take care of himself. When a baby cries without being consoled by his parents, his stress level increases. The more his calls are ignored the more his body is flooded with stress hormones. Over time, this can damage his central nervous system. Its growth and learning potential can also be affected.
Fabienne Becker-Stoll, director of the Bavarian Institute for Childhood Education says "Children need physical warmth they can rely on in order to meet their basic mental needs and reduce stress. Only in this way can they build secure bonds and trust with their parents and then with other people around them " throughout their lives.
The "progressive wait" method has no educational value. Babies have a totally different perception of time from ours. They don't know how long they cried and are unable to draw conclusions.
Babies cry longer if their parents keep ignoring them. British researchers have shown that infants whose needs are still met cry much less overall than those who receive less attention.