So I'm reading the post with the woman who let her 5 month old CIO so he'd fall asleep without having to be held all the time. I have no issues... whatever... but I was surprised at all the women who chimed in with "OMG, 5 months is way too young for self soothing!"
I have no idea what studies on this might say, so I cannot argue with them one way or another...but is this true? Because both my babies self soothed mostly from the beginning. It wasn't even due to anything I did...they just didn't want me holding them all the time. They'd enjoy their cuddle time, I'd hold them while nursing of course...but after a few minutes they'd wiggle and squirm so I'd put them down. My first mostly liked to sit in her bouncer and look around and take things in. My son did like to be held a little more, and I enjoyed it after not really getting as much of a chance for that with my oldest. But even he has always been naturally independent in nature. He'd sit and cuddle for 15 minutes or so, and then get antsy no matter which position I held him in.
I tried slings and wraps and carriers. They wanted no part of them.
To get to sleep, I'd nurse to them sleep when they were tiny babies and then sit them down to bed. When they got older, this didn't work anymore...so they'd eat and then I'd lay them down, give them a pacifier (yes, I use one...for SIDS prevention) and they'd nod off perfectly.
So... are my kids weirdos? lol. I mean, I knew there were babies who liked to be held more than mine did. And don't get me wrong...my kids love to cuddle and are very affectionate, they just have always liked to have their own space.
And if baby wearing and constant holding is so important, what do you do when your kids just don't wanna? I could have forced them...but that seemed counter productive.
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