If this video isn't a reason to share sleep (cosleep), I don't know what is.
Her pleading cries, that just beg to have someone close to her through the night hours, are heart breaking. The way she clings to her daddy for comfort in her exhausted, anxious state is clearly an example of needing to be close to her parents.
This clip was originally titled, Father Goes into Baby Crib. The father in this clip writes, "This is a video of my daughter Michela who for several months just can't get to sleep without waking up every 2 hours. I had enough and decided to help her sleep, but would not recommend this to anyone as it kind of backfired on me."
Since this father posted his video of a tired, sobbing Michela in need of comfort, the video has been re-uploaded by people all over the web calling it "hilarious" and "funny" "so cute" and "one of the sweetest things I've ever seen!"
Are people this uninformed about normal infant sleep and babies' night time needs?
Are there really those out there who are not shaken (to their core, really) by the desperate cries of a baby?
One YouTube user titled the repost, Daddy and his crying baby - HILARIOUS Another titled it, Baby wants to sleep on her father LOL!! The video was even translated into Spanish in the uploads, Padre Desesperado and in two locations titled, Papa Desesperado.
I am curious if anyone has ever shared The No-Cry Sleep Solution with this family? Surely it would help to eliminate some of the tears, and some of the fears that this baby girl is dealing with. I wonder if her parents ever read Dr. Sears' The Baby Sleep Book or Nighttime Parenting to grasp their daughter's sleep patterns, and all the reasons that it is typical for even older babies to wake through the night when they are left solo in a room. She looks ready, willing and able to sleep - she just needs someone close. And who doesn't? What dependent little babe wants to sleep alone at this tender, vulnerable age?
I'd love to provide this tired father, and his exhausted little girl, with of a copy of Why Love Matters, or The Science of Parenting, for some neurological insight into the huge impact that these early night time parenting choices have on her development and attachment capabilities, both now and in the future.
Maybe you'd like to turn your crib into a cosleeper...