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07/25/14

I will add too ...now that I am an experienced Mommy...my puppy I am training doesn't sleep with me!
for one reason I don't want him to crawl and fall off the bed...and for other reason once we got thru the first week of wimpering at bedtime Ok,lol HOWLING"...he is so independent and sleeps on his blanky with his donut shaped bone which in his mouth looks like a pacifier...lol I am such a better MOM!

07/24/14

Once my little girl started sleeping more through the night, I started letting her put herself to sleep, and yes she did cry for a bit, but the end result is I have a little girl who is happy at bedtime now, says "nigh nigh" to me and puts herself to sleep very peacefully. It was very hard at first, I felt like crap listening to her cry, but it taught her to be independent!!

07/24/14

My daughter sleeps in her nursery but I do not believe in crying it out method. It takes patience and perseverance to get your child comfortable in her own bed/room. Once they get that, they won't whine to the level that one has to ignore them. It took us four days to help her get accustomed to her new space and now she doesn't call out for me at all. She self soothes, self plays and self sleeps without asking for me if well fed and dry. I think crying too much makes kids insecure and unhappy on top of that it makes moms feel miserable when they can't take it. So I would recommend going with your child's natural flow of comfort and then working your way up slowly and patiently.

07/23/14

My son Bentley will go to sleep in his bed at our house but at his grandmas (my mother in-laws) he will not go to sleep without me he will cry for hours relentlessly until I give in and pick him up.

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07/23/14

Our rule of thumb has been, if they are fed, and dry, and it is time for bed or a nap then they can cry themselves to sleep. I have many friends who can't handle hearing my babies cry - great they can hold them for me ;-)

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07/23/14

..I chose to never let her sleep with us only because its so hard to break them of that habit and because I really need my space after a long day...... She sleep for 12 hours straight now and is right across from our room, so i can hear her sneeze.(and I do) so if she cries in the night I can hear her. once in awhile she will cry a little in the middle of the night, kind of like a sleep cry, but always puts herself right back to sleep... A mommy knows her babies' cries and can tell if its pain, fear or just a whinny "I need to go to sleep" cry.... My little girl had a habit of getting her leg stuck in between the crib bars and believe me... I knew exactly when that happened!!!

07/23/14

I do not do cry it out for babies. When my babies cry I know they need something and it is my job to meet their needs. Babies cry because that it how they communicate with us.

I did let my daughter start crying it out when she was 2yrs old and refusing to sleep in her bed. She was not a baby anymore and she can use her words to communicate her needs.

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07/23/14

Well, yesterday her DR. told me to let her cry it out since I have tried everything else. Yesterday, for her 2nd nap of the day, I did it. Me and Michael( my husband) layed in bed while she was in her crib. She was upset cause she was exhausted and we weren't picking her up. Well, after an hour of her crying and stuff, she finally fell asleep on her own. It made me feel better about the situation because i was still there with her, and i didn't just leave her by herself.

07/23/14

So just last night we put up Carter's playpen in our room, We tried and tried for two weeks for him to go to bed in his room but each night he would scream and face would go purple so we put a stop to that and are now taking baby steps, Last night we decided to break him of us putting him to sleep and him sleeping with us, so we put the playpen up in our room, he cried maybe for half hour last night until I showed him the fan (he for some reason has to sleep in front of the fan, and of course it was outside the playpen) well he eventually went to bed knowing I was beside him but not holding him, Then I just now put him in there for a nap, I turned on TV, and he screamed until I got the fan again and showed him, so he curled up and I was actually able to walk out of the room and he's been fine since, Hopefully in the next couples days we will be able to transition it all into his OWN room in his actual bed

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