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can someone please remind me why I want baby to self settle not feed to sleep?

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oldebaglady Fri 25-Jan-13 14:28:49

hi, I remember wanting DC1 to self settle, and did a vague EASY/GF-ey routine so that he was never feeding to sleep

am feeding DC2 to sleep and I'm stuggling to remember the downside - it seems easy and convenient at the moment but it's still early days

if I'm making a rod for my back (which is what I thought with DC1 but can't remember why) - what exactly is it?

I've tried flicking though tracy hogg and am none the wiser, I have "time for you" when the baby is in the sling or asleep or in the bouncy chair - what difference does it make what order the feeding comes into it - ya still have to feed??

what am I forgetting/missing??


PurplePidjin Sun 27-Jan-13 18:22:53

I'm sure i read somewhere that a child under 6 months lacks the neurological capacity to learn stuff like this. They learn by instinct, to get their needs met, and as they get older those needs become more complex. At 2 weeks, my ds needed to eat, sleep, be warm and be loved. At 10 weeks he's added in a bit of mental stimulation - grabbing hair and toys, gurgling, smiling. Eventually, he'll add talking, walking, reading etc to his repertoire and I'll be gently phased out until he moves into his own place and i gain a daughter in law and some grandkids (or a son in law and adopted grandkids. Or not. Whatever)

My job is to raise a productive, functional member of society. How i get there over the next 18 years is largely irrelevant.

Iyswim confused

nickelbabe Sun 27-Jan-13 18:32:36

exactly pidj.

tge blueprints are vbeing laid down for all sorts of stuff but a baby fewer than 6months can't learn that kind of thing.

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