No. Behavioral specalists have found that rocking baby to sleep leads to a 4x increase in sleep problems in childhood. If you plan to be there 24/7 for the first 3 -5 yrs go ahead but what seems neat now can bring lots of tears later. Rocking stimulates their brain & can delay sleep entry. Since this mimics movement in the womb, they may embrace this as necessary--for years.
No. Tough one...Really not a yes/no answer. Having gone through torment with my older child who did not 'know' how to put himself to sleep, i would recommend not rocking your baby to sleep. Set up a bedtime routine as early as possible. Bath, breast, bed...Repeat each night. Shut the lights out, walk away and leave the baby alone. Hopefully the baby learns to fall asleep without assistance.
Sleep consolidation . Through self-regulation occurs between 1-4 mos., with consistent bedtime & routine (rocking, reading, feeding, wiping out baby's mouth with a soft cloth after last feed) & baby is put in his own crib drowsy, but awake. 50% of 5-mo.- olds sleep 6-8 hrs, but may night wake occasionally after 6 mos. If everything is the same as when he fell asleep, he can settle back down on his own unless ill.
Yes. At less than 3 or 4 months of age, a baby can't get too much cuddling, contact, and comfort, including rocking to sleep. Though there is some debate as children get older, in my own opinion, i think parents will have plenty of opportunities to help teach their older children to deal with frustration. I believe in helping young children get to sleep in a setting of feeling loved and nurtured.