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Woman shares apologetic letter she received from neighbors about their crying baby

In the message, the family warned the recipients they would be trying out the cry it out method to get their baby to sleep on their own.

Woman shares apologetic letter she received from neighbors about their crying baby
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A letter shared to Twitter a few months ago struck a chord with netizens across the world. The apologetic note was first posted by Twitter user @KittyBeeJr who revealed that it was left at her door by her neighbors who were new parents. "Neighbors left this on the door… I'm gonna bake them some cookies," she wrote, sharing the now-viral image of the letter from the "tired and sorry" Wards family. In their message, the family warned the recipients that they would be trying out the somewhat controversial cry it out method to get their baby to sleep on their own.

"Hello neighbors, Apartment 207 here...," the letter begins. "I regret to inform you we have begun sleep training out son. After many sleepless nights thanks to the dreaded 4-month sleep regression we have decided it is time to start the cry it out method. If you hear the cries, please pray for me and know I am also crying and going insane... I'm very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. Let's hope that it doesn't last long. I am starting today and going to try for a strong 3-4 days, if he doesn't get with the program, I will give it a week or 2 [weeks] break and try again."

The conscience-stricken parents went on to assure their neighbors that their baby's cries weren't signs of neglect. "Please know I am not neglecting him, but I will let him try to self-soothe for 45-60 minutes at a time. During this period, I will be in the room every 5-10 minutes to reassure him he is not alone and is okay. If you start to feel hatred towards us just give a friendly knock on the door and I will bring you a shot of tequila to mend our neighbor-ship."


They guaranteed that although they would only be able to provide inexpensive alcohol, it would do the trick just fine. "It's cheap tequila but it will calm your nerves. It's been tested and proved to work by yours truly. Anyhow, keep us in your prayers and turn the TV volume up. If you need milk, sugar, or eggs, we have some. And tequila too, just swing by. Your tired and sorry neighbors, The Wards," the letter concluded. The rueful message went viral on the social media platform in no time with over 1 million likes and 78.4K retweets.


Speaking to Bored Panda about the viral tweet, @KittyBeeJr said: "I thought it was the cutest, most considerate thing. You see stuff like this on the internet so I was surprised it actually happened to me." Adding that "the tequila peace offering made my day," she admitted that she never expected the letter to go viral. "I posted the tweet, went on about my business, and came back to 1 million likes. With so much going on in the world, people were expecting something negative," she said. "It was very heartwarming."


In a follow-up tweet, @KittyBeeJr revealed that she'd made her neighbors chocolate chip, peppermint shortbread, and brownie cookies. As for the concerned parents, she said they are doing great and that they "really enjoyed the cookies" she baked them. Addressing their sleep-training attempts, @KittyBeeJr revealed that it seems like the neighbors are all doing fine so far. "I have my AirPods in and Kitchen Aid going most of the time so I never hear the baby crying," she said.

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