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[QUOTE=StaceyLee;3257746]EDITED TO ADD:
Breastfed babies commonly do not sleep through the night. My daughter nurses every 2-3 hours around the clock..even through the night (especially if you co-sleep). My baby is 9 months and isn't even close to sleeping through the night...she wakes every 2-3 hours to nurse and it is normal.[/QUOTE]

I breastfed all my babies for an entire year. Neither got up to nurse in the night at 9 months, let alone 3 months..maybe. Personally, I don't think a 9 month old who is eating solids and nursing during the day should be expected to wake for nighttime feedings. That's not for nutrition, it's for comfort and habit in my opinion. I think that's more "normal" for babies who sleep in the bed with Mom. It's there, so why not? I'm not knocking co-sleeping, because I know many people who do it and it works for them. It's just is not for me. But I think the majority of older babies are sleeping through the night and have been doing so for some time.

I think there is a huge difference between full-blown CIO and letting them fuss a little bit. Jodie Mindell, who is a sleep expert, says that for the first 8 weeks you need to do everything necessary to help your child fall asleep. Respond to everything! After that, they should be laid down awake but very drowsy. If they fuss a little to let some energy out and settle down, I don't see the harm.

With our first daughter we did CIO at 6 months and it wasn't pleasant, but not that bad either. With baby #2, I did everything possible to get that baby to sleep when she was about 12 weeks old. I would nurse, rock her and she would be sound asleep on my shoulder. As soon as I put her down, boing the eyes would open and then I would start all over again. It would take me over two hours to get her down. Once she was down, she slept for like 10 hours; it was getting her there that was the nightmare. I researched it because I knew she was much younger than my oldest was. But I knew for my sanity I had to let her fuss a bit. I knew in my heart there was nothing wrong with her. She was changed, fed, burped and sleeping fine.... on me. I put her down and left. She cried for a couple minutes, I went back in, rubbed her belly, left, she cried and then went to sleep. That was it, one night for a few minutes and we never had to do it again. With my son, he was about 4 months old when he cried one night a few mintues after I laid him down drowsy but still awake. I didn't rush back in, he stopped after about two mintues and that was all we ever did with him. I lay him down very awake now at 17 months and he still cries sometimes, but is done by the time I reach his door. I think some crying is normal and will not harm them. As long as you're responding to everything else during the day, they will know you are there and will be there when needed.

I don't see any harm in fussing at bedtime. That's a huge difference between screaming and making themselves sick. I think it was so easy for babies #2 and 3 because it was done earlier. With our first, we waited and it took a couple nights. The older they get, the smarter they get and the worse it is and longer it takes, in my opinion.

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