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I've been reading your posts, and I have to say, I agree with you 100%. I've been there, done that with 2 babies. My ped said that CIO was very effective (but didn't recommend it until after 6 months), and sure enough after 2-3 nights, I have babies, who prior to this would scream bloody murder, sound asleep in their cribs. My youngest (now 13 months) had a cold last week, so naturally I went in to sooth her and rock her during the night, but now the cold is gone and she has decided night time is for playing once again. She hollers, I go in, she starts to laugh and jump around in her crib, I make sure she is OK, and leave. She screams again. She did this for 3 nights and is now back to the routine of sleeping through the night. Both my girls are happy and healthy, and I give them plenty of cuddles and hugs and kisses. I am a stay at home mom. I really don't think that they need cuddling 24 hours a day. It's unnatural and unrealistic. Everyone needs their time and space. It really bothers me when people who are against letting your baby cry get so uppity. It seems like they are very closed minded and their way is the only way. I think children are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. If they think they can get you to come in and interact with them during the night, they will most certainly do this. They learn, around 6 months of age, cause and effect. I scream, and mummy comes running. If mummy doesn't come, they don't suddenly think that the world is a cruel and unloving place, they learn that it's not play time, it's time to sleep.
That's my 2 cents.

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