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What do you think about Pick Up Put Down?

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nzbabies Sun 30-Aug-09 09:56:38

Have you done it? Did it work? (my baby is 5 months) Do you think it could be in any way cruel? Opinions and experiences please!

rubyslippers Sun 30-Aug-09 09:59:34

totally over stimulating IME

tried it with DS and it was not for us - all that picking up and putting down is not relaxing

i think shushing and patting is gentler which is another BW technique

TBH at 5 months, nose and head stroking work well and plenty of cuddles

nzbabies Sun 30-Aug-09 10:09:57

thanks rubyslippers - what exactly did you do at 5 months? Did you put baby down and then stroke and pick up for cuddles then put down for ages until s/he went to sleep? How many nights did it take? thanks

rubyslippers Sun 30-Aug-09 11:12:00

i never did it at night - only in the day

tried a couple of times and it made things much worse

at 5 months DS was still having night feeds and that was how he settled

is your LO still feeding at night?

FlamingoBingo Sun 30-Aug-09 11:16:46

This won't be popular but I think all forms of sleep training are unnecessary and a pain in the bum.

Just cuddle them - eventually they'll learn to fall asleep on their own. Enjoy them while they're young and want to be cuddled!

I tried PUPD with my DD1 at 5m and she started having night terrors. Not saying all babies will do that - my DD1 is supersensitive. We went back to cuddling/feeding her to sleep and keeping her downstairs with us so we didn't miss bits of programmes if we had to re-settle her!

We've done the same with all four of ours now, and not had any problems - it's just taken longer than the books say, but babies haven't read the books and the books don't say what babies would naturally do!

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