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Disappearing chair/gradual retreat method - is it ok to stroke DS's face?

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CharlandOscar Sun 17-Feb-13 18:09:53

i stroke my ds's nose as it makes him close his eyes. I plan to do this less over time! its lovely being with them as they fall asleep.

5madthings Sat 16-Feb-13 14:10:13

If stroking his face works then fine to do it and you can then gradually do it less.

He is doing really well for an 8mth old and i wouldnt worry about the dummy at all!

INeedThatForkOff Sat 16-Feb-13 14:00:57

God, I struggle with the idea of giving up DD's bedtime snuggle to do gradual retreat. If you're not even supposed to stroke his face, is it worth it?

sharond101 Thu 14-Feb-13 21:30:51

First night of gradual retreat and DS 8months did brilliantly. He normally feeds to sleep so I was really anxious about putting him down awake but he was asleep after 25minutes. When he went into his cot he was bobbing around trying to reach his mobile and didn't seem to have any idea it was sleep time. I tried putting his dummy in (next to be targeted for removal!) but he was not interested. He settled when I stroked his face. Am I creating another bad habit with this or is it ok to begin with? Also when he wakes in the night I assume I do the same sitting in the seat waiting for him to fall back asleep?

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