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Is It Ok To Let My Baby Cry Herself To Sleep
Yes: Children need to learn how to sooth themselves and the younger the better. If you know she does not need to be fed or changed, is not sick or in pain, then let her cry for a short period of time, i.e. 5 minutes. You can then check on her, even pick her up, but put her back in the crib awake, and leave for 10 minutes. Gradually increase the time periods, and you will be amazed how well she'll do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Crying in infancy is described as a loud, high-pitched sound made by infants in response to certain situations. Infants have a cry reflex that is a normal response to some stimuli, such as pain or hunger. Older children and adults cry for emotional reasons such as pain, fear, sadness, or frustration. Premature infants may not have a cry reflex, so they must be monitored closely for signs ...Read more
I have been advised to let my baby cry herself to sleep. I took the advice and now, she has a coarse voice from crying. Is that really advisable?
A real problem: Trouble is that your anxiety is being perceived by the baby. She needs reassurance by your loving activity around her. Try to show that her environment is safe and if she is old enough to understand, try telling her that "mommy needs her sleep too". It is love that wins the day. Your anxiety must be extinguished----not easy to do but is the "art of motherhood". ...Read more
If u have made sure that nothing is wrong with my baby. Is it ok to let him cry himself to sleep. He is 3 weeks old. ?
Baby: Hi, if you have the heart to do so be my guest, but when a baby cries there is usually something wrong, either the baby is hungry, or wet, or has an abdominal colic, maybe rocking the baby on ur lap, putting the baby on top of a working washing machine could help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep hygeine: Dr.Ferber says 6 months in his book, "how to solve your child's sleep problems." which has been in print since the mid 1980"s. Certainly, beyond 9 months there is no physiologic need for babies to be fed in the deep night/morning hours. The longer one does this, it reinforces the habitual awakening and the ever more deeply entrenched"habit waking".Hard advice for many to follow. ...Read more
I can't let my baby cry her self to sleep coz she cries so hard she can hardly breath, what shall I do in such a case, shall i still leave her cry hard?
See her pediatrician: Take along a video of an episode. If she has no congenital heart or lung disease, have a set bedtime & routine: read, rock, wipe out her mouth after her last feed, then put her on her back in her crib in her own room, drowsy, but awake to learn to self-calm for sleep. Doing this between 1-4 mos. Helps her consolidate sleep & avoids " trained night crying" at 6 months & older. ...Read more
Age dependent: It depends on the age of the baby. Small babies can have reflux after they eat if put to bed directly after feeding. Also some babies cry a lot and this is called colic and goes away over time. If she is older then she could have separation anxiety from being away from you which scares here and finally this could be behavioral and she wants to stay up and be with the family ...Read more
No: I agree that you should wait until the baby is between 4-6 months of age. You may know it is time to start when you baby starts to wake up more frequently at night and is not hungry. I usually recommend that you revise the bedtime routine at this point so that feeding prior to stories, etc. If the baby is breastfed it may go better if the dad (or non nursing partner) puts the baby down. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My baby 11 weeks wakes up at night to eat only 3oz should I cut out night feedings? Let her cry it out? She does not sleep through the night help!
Is 3 months to young to let the baby cry it out when trying to get him/her to sleep in the crib. If so then what month is good?
Crying : Good question. One in which millions of mothers have asked. There is no right answer. Baby crying is common sense. They are hungry, dirty diaper, gassy, needing affection, etc..... Each is different. As long as they are healthy, been checked by their pcp, then you'll have to wait it out. The baby will let you know when they are ready to sleep in crib without crying. ...Read more
What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry. I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep. And want her to learn to self soothe.?
10-15 minutes: I am old school. For the first 4 months, don't let her cry for more than 10-15 minutes. After 4 months they have established eating and often sleep patterns and start solids. Then it is ok to let them cry a little longer to learn to self- soothe. The first few months, responding to their needs fosters positive things like feeling safe, confident, cared for. Listen to your instincts too! ...Read more
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