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We were at my in-laws' house yesterday, and they had the TV on but not really paying attention to it. The show Inside Edition came on and I happened to hear them say that they were getting ready to do a segment on getting a baby to sleep. Huh?! It's my understanding that this show specializes in celebrity scandals and "look what this idiot did on tape" segments. Why would they be doing a parenting segment?<br><br>
So, I turn up the volume and watch the segment, and I am furious. It was about parents who were "at the end of their rope" b/c their baby woke up 3 times a night. I don't remember how old they said he was, but he was clearly under one. It said they had "tried everything" including letting him cry, running a vacuum, and letting him sleep w/ the parents--but it didn't say why those things didn't work or how long they tried them. (When we started cosleeping, I know it took us a little while to get all the kinks worked out and find the set-up that worked best for us.)<br><br>
Well, IE decides they will help these poor parents by bringing in the "sleep consultants." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: These two women advice the parents that the baby MUST learn to soothe himself to sleep--no pacifier, no bottle, no rocking, no vacuum, nothing. The first night, that poor baby screamed for 55 minutes and when he was only screaming 15 minutes the 5th night, the experts deemed it a success. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"> Oh, and I don't think they even said whether he was still waking up during the night, and that was supposedly the parents' problem to begin w/.<br><br>
I felt sick to my stomach watching the whole segment. I mean, they were showing video clips of this baby thrashing around in his crib, screaming for his parents. I laid in bed last night nursing DD to sleep, and I couldn't get that poor baby out of my head. How could people do that to a child? I was raised that way, I read all the parenting magazines when I was pregnant, and I still knew in my heart that it was wrong.<br><br>
I'd like to write a letter to IE, but I'm not sure what to say or where to start. I'm not very familiar w/ the studies and data on how bad CIO is. If anyone would like to help me out, or write a letter that I could plaigarize <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> , I would be grateful. Or maybe you just want to commiserate w/ me?
 

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They're just reflecting the culture, that's all. Every letter that gets written makes it a little better.<br><br>
Many links here. Some might not work...just move to the next link.<br><a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=179657" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...d.php?t=179657</a>
 

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Thanks for the link! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I have read that sticky before, but I didn't see anything where anyone had written a letter. I've never written a complaint letter before and am looking for a little guidance. *cough, cough* somethingtoplaigairaize *cough, cough* :LOL
 

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I've never written one either but I would for that. Even Supernanny had the mama sit in the room with the baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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:puke That is horrible!!!
 

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That poor baby boy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> It's sick that they let that baby cry, but evn worse that they're showing the whole country!
 

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I'm going to try to find an address/email address for writing the show, and then I will try to write a letter in the next day or two, so I'll share what I come up w/ then. If anyone has any ideas before that, please do share!
 

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And co-sleeping would probably be featured on that show as "unusual" or freakish and have experts warning against it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Poor baby! It makes me feel sick that they video taped him crying and all alone.
 

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According to Inside Edition's webpage, their email is <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> and their snail mail address:<br><br>
Inside Edition<br>
VIEWER COMMENTS<br>
PO Box 1323<br>
Radio City Station<br>
New York, NY 10101<br><br>
Here is my letter. I'm sure it's not as eloquent as some others here could write, but I think it gets my point across.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I am writing to express my disgust at the segment I saw on Inside Edition on Monday, May 30, 2005, about the "sleep consultants" who were brought in to "help the baby go to sleep." I felt sick to my stomach as I watched the video footage of the baby crying in his crib, alone, for up to 55 minutes. You would never have shown a video of a handicapped adult or an elder person crying like that for their caregivers, yet it is ok to do this to a baby?! That baby deserved his parents' love and compassion, not abandonment. I am outraged that you would run such a segment on your show. I will be writing your advertisers to let them know that I am boycotting their products until either they pull their sponsorship of your show or until your show releases a full apology. I am also sharing this boycott with my friends and family and posting it on an internet board where it will be seen by thousands of members.<br><br>
Jennifer A********</td>
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Ok, I know thousands of people probably won't see this, and I don't even know who their sponsors are b/c I don't think I get this show on my TV, but I want them to believe that their advertising revenue is in danger, KWIM? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I found a very brief summary of the story <a href="http://www.insideedition.com/Default.aspx?tabid=36" target="_blank">here</a>, but it doesn't even begin to touch the stuff I mentioned in my OP. I'm still looking for an actual trasncript, but I'm not sure if they post those on their site.
 

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Good letter. The thing that bothers me the most about this is that there are an awful lot of people who consider shows like this to be "the news", and will take whatever "expert advice" is on them to heart. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jaw2"> 55 minutes?! Does that seem like a <b>really</b> long time to anyone else? I could almost see letting a baby cry for 5 or 10 minutes when you were totally at the end of your rope, but an hour is crazy and neglectful IMO.
 

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I don't watch that show, but I sent a letter too. That just breaks my heart - I wish people would wake up and realize the damage that does to a baby.
 

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I e-mailed a reply to this. I was horrified to hear that 55 minutes of crying went on. That's 50 minutes too long IMO.
 

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THIS IS DISGUSTING..the nanny episode made me sick also...poor baby
 

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This is really strange but I think I saw that exact segment awhile back (months, year?) and I was completely disgusted by it. It brought actual tears to my eyes! I could not believe that they were letting the baby cry for so long. Oh and the nightvision camera? What's up with that? I wonder if the parents were able to watch on like a closed curcuit thing and if so how could they not go pick up their baby??<br>
Yuck! So my first reaction was also to write a letter but by the next morning I guess I sort of forget (like a traumatic-event-memory-loss thing). In a way I'm glad they showed it again so someone (lot's of someones??) could write them scathing letters...I know I will. This segment is a definite: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nono">
 
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