i guess its all the stuff about getting them to learn to sleep on their own ... MIL was giving me grief about it, and i then had the know-it-all mum at the toddler group today rolling her eyes at me ...
S2B - I know there are a lot of messages out there about how we are creating terrible rods for our own backs if you can't train your baby to just be plonked in their cot and fall asleep without you but they really do need us a lot of the time. Personally, I don't want to train my son to know that I won't come when he needs me. I am just going to feed him to sleep for now and look at other options when it becomes an impossible problem.
Please enjoy your baby and don't give yourself a hard time, you are doing brilliantly!
Slave2babe I think you have some good advice here. Follow your heart. She won't be a baby forever. Just take the easiest path for you. Every week/month will be different. You won't be feeding her to sleep when she's 15. xx
I feel like that too Pruni. I always fed dd to sleep, that way we were both happy. I feel that if she's happy, she'll be secure and confident to go to sleep on her own in her own time. It's a very gradual process and only you know what is right.
You must trust your instincts.
I'm with you Pruni. DS is 9mo and there is sooooo much pressure to get your baby to 'slef-soothe', that you feel like a bad mother if you're feeding your sprog to sleep. I don't give a shit anymore. He's BF to sleep and it's a lovely time for us both. He's starting to show an interest in getting himself off to sleep and this time next year I guess he will be doing it. They're only little for a tiny period - make the most of it!!
As one vey wise MNer once said - you don't try toilet training at 5 months old do you? You wait until your child is ready. Self-soothing is the same. Wait - it's less painful