Lady - posted on 06/07/2010 ( 91 moms have responded )
I'm sorry to bring this up again when the conversation has been locked but something really bugged me and I felt I needed to reply. So appologise in advance for beating the dead horse but I though this was an important point to make.
Is it really selfish to try and get your child to sleep longer when they reach 4 months?
Sleep is such an important thing for adults and children. Brains develope during sleep, babies learn and sort through everything they have done during the day while sleeping. There bodies heal and grow and they get ready for the day ahead.
A well rested baby will be happier and more contented. They will be willing to interact with their mother, play and explore and learn about the world around them. A tired cranky baby will just winge and want to be nursed for comfort.
If your child is walking through out the night simply because they are hungry, not because they have had enough sleep or are ready to wake up but simpley because their tummy is empty is it really so SELFISH of mothers to feed them a little rice cereal or pureed veg or rusk in order to get them to have a better, healthier nights sleep????