Thursday, May 18, 2006

Day 87 - A Cry in the Night

Today's Tip - If your baby starts fussing at a wierd time in the night, let it go for a couple minutes and see how it goes.

Our son usually wakes up at 1:30 and 6:00 at night, so when he started fussing at 11:00 p.m. we were a little surprised. I started to warm up some milk, and then he fell back asleep. I'm glad my wife didn't head up to pick him up immediately. We could have provoked something more than just him waking up from a dream or to a noise. Turns out he just worked it out on his own after a couple minutes and went back to his usual routine.

Babies often wake up in the middle of the night and go back into sleep, just like adults do. Most of the time, we don't notice it. Teaching a baby to self-sooth around bedtime and during the night without noise, food and contact is important if you're ever going to be sane, so we were happy that he did it on his own. If you know your baby isn't sick, hungry or in need of a change, its alright to let a cry go on for a little. Let it go for a few minutes, and then if it doesn't get any better, calm them down, reassure them everything is fine, make sure there isn't something else going on, and then try putting them down for another few minutes on their own.

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