When did you do it? Was it successful? My pediatrician is urging me to let my 7 month old cry it out for a few nights in order to develop a more healthy sleep pattern. I've heard so many success stories from the people I have talked to about it....but I am so bothered by the idea of letting her cry. We feel it is important to have her sleep through the night because she is feeding many times in small amounts instead of fewer more substantial feedings, and needs to gain some weight. We feel she would be more scheduled with feedings, and more hungry after a night of sleep. Also, of course, we'd like to get some sleep ourselves. What have been your experiences?
Asked by Anonymous at 10:35 PM on Mar. 24, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)
We let both kids "cry it out" consistently and lovingly and it was successful for us. It helped us ALL get a better sleep and to set up more of a schedule. Then and now the kids knew we loved them, were always there for them, and crying doesn't get your way.
When I put them down I made sure the basics were good (diaper, food, etc) following a basic routine so they knew it was coming and then I just listened. If their cry changed or went longer than I was comfortable, I checked them, loved on them and put them back down.
Some will say never do it, others give you a time frame, but you need to do what is best for YOU and YOUR baby. We all love and care for our children in different ways, it is not the how but that we DO love and care for them that is most important.
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You will have people who make you feel like the worst mother on earth for doing it, but I did with my youngest. My oldest daughter had to be rocked to sleep until she was 2 1/2- 3 because I wouldn't let her learn to put herself to sleep as an infant. I did NOT make that mistake twice! Guess what? My youngest is just as happy and well adjusted as my oldest and I was able to enjoy her more as an infant because I wasn't always exhausted! Good luck!
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