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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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At four months, my daughter started getting teeth and was NEVER sleeping well. She would be up every few hours and I would comfort her every time - she was in pain, it's what she needed. For months I was told by friends/relatives that she "had" to sleep through the night, "let her cry", blah blah blah. You will realize, as I did, that you have an instinct as to what your child needs and what you want to provide to them. There is absolutely nothing wrong with rocking your child at bedtime and nothing wrong with going to them when they need you in the middle of the night. Maybe your pediatrician is trying to give you tools to use to help get your child more independent at bedtime - for instance, rock for a bit and then put your child down while their still awake so it can learn to fall asleep on their own; however, to insist that you should not be doing what you are doing (which is comforting and nurturing your child) is absurd!

One thing I absolutely learned (as another poster already said) is that ALL babies are different - they develop on different schedules and their needs are different. The most important advice I can give you is to do what feels right to you, no matter what anyone else tells you. I spent too much time in the first year as a new mom feeling inadequate or feeling that my daughter should always be doing more than she was -- now I know better and am very confident in my abilities as a mom and feel 100% tuned in to what my daughter needs. I realize this is coming from your pediatrician, but as far as sleeping/coddling/comforting - do what is right for you and your family, not what someone else thinks you "should" be doing.

The best of luck --- and by all means, enjoy!!! :)

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