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March 3rd, 2010, 02:46 PM
Cheryl_W's Avatar Izzy's Mom!
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 #1  If I skip my child's nap, he will sleep longer at night. Also, the later I put my child to bed, the later he'll sleep in the morning.Sleep Lady: The more overtired you allow your child to get, the more wired he'll get -- making it harder for him to get sleep and stay asleep. 
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March 3rd, 2010, 02:46 PM
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The comment about formula makes me a little bit upset... Yes, ok, breast milk babies do wake more often at night - but there are SO many more benefits to breastfeeding! I don't like that this article makes it seem like longer sleeps are a benefit to formula feeding, almost like you are trying to convince people that breast isn't best...
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March 15th, 2010, 07:45 AM
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#1 is so true. It's still true for my 4 year old! If he gets overtired, he'll stay up late and wake up early.
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March 18th, 2010, 05:09 PM
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I just can't even begin with how many things I disagree on. For one - the first thing is absolutely not true for my child. If he goes to bed at 1 am - he will adjust & sleep the same length of time as if he went to bed at 8pm. I understand it doesn't work for all kiddos - but it always has for mine. For number two - it pretty much IS a fact of life - the only difference here is whether a bay wakes you when they wake up - but science has proven ALL children under three wake regularly all night long. If you stayed awake all night & watched your kids sleep you would know it to be fact. Now - some babies will stop needing help getting back to sleep sooner than others - it is still developmentally normal to need that into the second year. For number three - newborns are babies under 28 days old - you can't schedule them. You can try - you can make yourself crazy - but they aren't even developmentally mature enough to be able to be scheduled. The other thing that bothered me was her perpetuating the myth that cosleeping is bedsharing. It is not - not even in the "AP world". Cosleeping by definition is sleeping in the same room - that's all.

I guess I just think the article is rubbish because I started off trying to follow mainstream advice like this & feeling pressured not to do what felt natural - and it just made me & the baby miserable. When I just followed the rhythm of my child we had less crying by both of us, more sleep, more happiness. It was an amazing improvement.
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November 21st, 2012, 03:47 AM
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I find babies sleep is too often compromised by expensive yet scratchy linens or a cheap comforter. My nephew had Elmo covers and blankets which looked extremely cute but irritated his skin and disrupted his sleep. A goose down comforter, softer bedding, perhaps not a luxury comforter but certainly worth it when it comes to baby. Hopefully, baby will be just as sleepy as I know I'll be!
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