11. On “Crying-It-out” and Co-Sleeping

  1. Sheila Lintott Assistant Professor of Philosophy
  1. Kevin C. Elliott PhD Assistant Professor and
  2. Janet L. Elliott degree in elementary education English literature

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch11

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Elliott, K. C. and Elliott, J. L. (2010) On “Crying-It-out” and Co-Sleeping, in Motherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (ed S. Lintott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324525.ch11

Editor Information

  1. Bucknell University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of South Carolina, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330281

Online ISBN: 9781444324525



  • on “crying-it-out” and co-sleeping;
  • helping infants and toddlers to fall asleep - confusing tasks that parents face;
  • cry-it-out sleep approaches;
  • Ares's mother saying - difficulty in employing a cry-it-out approach;
  • books by cry-it-out proponents - stories from parents who had to let their children cry for hours;
  • virtue ethics, strong cases for alleviation of suffering of infants;
  • virtue ethicists, developing good character traits a better choice - than determining rights and duties in situations;
  • “co-sleeping,” parents allowing children to sleep with them all night;
  • 2005 recommendations - preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS);
  • ethical reasons for avoiding a cry-it-out approach - putting babies to sleep


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What's A Parent to Do?

  • Crying-It-Out

  • Co-Sleeping

  • Conclusion

  • Notes