For parents who struggle with the two extremes of sleep training—either responding to a baby’s cries throughout the night or letting the baby cry without a response—some pediatric sleep experts say there’s another option, reports Romper.

Considered a little gentler than full-blown “cry-it-out,” graduated extinction calls for parents to ignore their child’s cries for two minutes, gradually increasing the response time for up to six minutes in the first night, according to Forbes. The time period would continue to extend for the next few days until baby is sleeping for longer stretches through the night.

And although graduated extinction can help give mom and dad a little more time to snooze, this technique certainly isn’t for everyone. The idea of “ignoring” their baby’s cries can make some parents feel downright evil, and as a result reluctant to try any form of sleep training.

But if you’re worried that letting your baby’s cries go unanswered will cause them to have attachment issues down the road, you can rest easy. The Today Show reported on research by Australian researchers which found that babies who are allowed to “cry it out” were no more stressed than babies who had their parents respond to every cry. In fact, the babies who were trained to self-soothe actually spent less time awake during the night.