Dove - posted on 11/30/2015
Why does a 7 month old have to learn to self settle? They really don't... especially if you are breastfeeding. Nursing to sleep is what babies were designed to do.
As for putting them in the same room together... I would not do it unless your baby is already sleeping through the night on his own. It's not fair to disrupt the sleep of your older child.
Sarah - posted on 11/30/2015
Putting baby down when he/she is drowsy but awake will allow him to fall asleep on his own. Does the baby sleep thru the night, or do you have to get up and help him back to sleep? Your five year old will probably not wake up to baby crying, kids sleep much more soundly than mom does.
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