"Keep Us In Your Prayers and Turn Up the Volume on the TV": Exhausted parents send neighbors an apology note before training their baby in their sleep
- Kitty Bee Jr from North Carolina received a message from neighbors at her home
- One letter stated that they would introduce a controversial cry-it-out method
- The post has since received a surge of support from social media users
An exhausted couple sent their neighbors an apology note before sleep training for their baby.
Kitty Bee Jr. of Charlotte, North Carolina, received the news from the new parents known as The Wards at her apartment last week.
The letter stated that neighbors may hear more crying than usual in the next few days while introducing the controversial exclamation method designed to help babies calm themselves.
Kitty, who works as a baker, passed the letter on Twitter next to a headline that read: "The neighbors left that on the door … I'll bake them some cookies".
And the post has since received a surge of support from social media users.
North Carolina, Kitty Bee Jr. shared a message she received from her neighbors apologizing for her decision to cry-it-out while her baby was sleeping
Kitty shared a photo of the letter that read, & # 39; Apartment 207 here. I am sorry to inform you that we have started sleep training for our son.
& # 39; After many sleepless nights thanks to the dreaded 4 month sleep regression, we decided it was time to start the cry-it-out method.
“When you hear the screams, please pray for me and know that I will cry and go crazy too.
Kitty (pictured), who works as a baker, shared the letter on Twitter
“I am very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you. Let's hope it won't be long.
“I'm starting today and will try for a strong 3-4 days. If he doesn't finish the program, I'll give him a week or two off and try again.
“Please know I'm not neglecting him, but I'll have him try to calm down for 35-60 minutes at a time. I will be in the room every 5-10 minutes to reassure him that he is not alone and okay.
“If you start to hate us, knock kindly on the door and I'll bring you a shot of tequila to fix our neighboring ship.
“It's cheaper tequila, but it will calm your nerves. It has been tested by you and has proven that it really works.
“Anyway, keep us praying and turn up the TV volume. If you need milk, sugar or eggs, we have them. And tequila just swings by. & # 39;
The wards then signed off as "your tired and sad neighbors".
The post has since been picked up by social media users (above) with a surge of support for the new parents
Since then, Kitty has made the couple chocolate chips, peppermint shortbread, and brownie cookies, and gifted them a bottle of wine and baby linen
Kitty's post has been liked more than a million times since then, as commentators piled the gesture with praise.
One wrote: “This is really cute of these neighbors. I wish you the best of luck with your "sleep training". Nice to have a head up as a neighbor, use noise-canceling headphones or whatever.
“I know they are not required to reach neighbors in this way, but it sure does help with the sense of community and invites much more support that they could use now. I would also like to take some goodies with me.
Another added: "I have nothing but respect for you!"
And a third commented, "Stop it, they're adorable. Great neighbors."
Kitty has since told FEMAIL, “I thought it was just another letter from our leasing office reminding us to change the air filter, but it wasn't.
& # 39; It was the cutest and most considerate thing. The tequila peace offering really made me laugh. The wards are fine! We're all shocked this went viral! & # 39;
She made the couple chocolate chips, peppermint shortbread, and brownie cookies, and gave them a bottle of wine and baby linen.
What is the cry-it-out method?
The cry-it-out method applies to any sleep training approach – and there are many – that says it's okay to let a baby cry for a period of time (often a very short period of time) before comfort is achieved .
Children who were allowed to shout it out during the first six months were no longer clingy or likely had behavioral problems by 18 months, despite previous suggestions that it might affect their development.
University of Warwick researchers tracked 178 babies and their mothers during their first year and a half.
Children who were allowed to shout it out in the first six months were no longer clingy by the age of 18 months or were likely to have behavior problems (archive image)
They found that babies at three months old cried a little less and worried when they had to "cry out" a few times after they were born.
While these babies were also often encouraged to calm themselves down by three months of age, by 18 months they were spending a little less time occupied and crying.
Experts say that babies may cry a few times, set boundaries, encourage them to calm down, and not neglect them, as some anxious parents fear.
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