Have you, or do you still rock your baby/child?

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My son is 11 months now and I have been rocking him since he was a couple months old. Just wondering what you think of rocking, or the other methods such as cry it out or reading to them?

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Kathryn - posted on 10/15/2009

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the rocking at that age i think is alright. i think that there may be an issue if you were rocking a 5 year old to sleep. My son would have none of it when he was that age but he would cry simply because he didnt want to sleep. he is 2 now and the only time i get to rock him is when he is scared or sick. i do read to him ever night and we have been doing that sense he was about 3 months. Enjoy it while you can!

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Quoting Jill:

i have 3 kids and not one of them cried themselves to sleep ... i rocked every one and will do it until they don;t want me too.... this is a very special time for me and i would not give it up for the world... i rock for naps and bed time....



I know what you mean. I was reading something online where a mother said "Think about it, what else do you have to do that is more important than loving and rocking your child to sleep?" And many mothers should think about that!

Jill - posted on 10/15/2009

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i have 3 kids and not one of them cried themselves to sleep ... i rocked every one and will do it until they don;t want me too.... this is a very special time for me and i would not give it up for the world... i rock for naps and bed time....

Lori - posted on 10/15/2009

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I totally agree with the other two posts (to date). The cry it out method is just cruel no matter what "self disciplined mom's" tell you. They want what THEY want and not necessarily what's best for the baby. If you can listen to a little one cry for more than 5 minutes and not HAVE to pick them up I think there is something seriously wrong with you :) I can't stand seeing other people ignore their crying babies and have to bite my tongue frequently. So rock, cuddle, love away. They grow up all too fast & they will feel secure and ready for the world when they go to preschool because they realize they have a mom that's there for them. Which is why we have children in the first place, right?

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Quoting Lisa:

Who wouldn't want to be rocked/cuddled to sleep by someone they love and is supposed to love them?

Every child puts himself to sleep on his own eventually. You'll not be having to rock him to sleep on his honeymoon, believe me.

I think the CIO method is incredibly insensitive to the child's emotional and physical needs. I wouldn't want to be treated that way- why would I do that to my child?

Still nursing my 12 month old down for all naps and bed. And thoroughly enjoying it.



I'm glad another mother see's it that way. I love hearing my lil man sing himself to sleep. It's nice to get that calm down time with him right before he drifts off to dream. I think CIO is cruel. I look at it this way: would I like it if someone stuck me in a big wooden thing with bars, turned the lights out and left me to cry for a prolonged time? Or even if they would come in every five minutes to check, and make me cry harder..that is hurtful. It may work for some parents and children, more power to them...but I cannot bare to hear my guy cry like that.

Minnie - posted on 10/15/2009

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Who wouldn't want to be rocked/cuddled to sleep by someone they love and is supposed to love them?



Every child puts himself to sleep on his own eventually. You'll not be having to rock him to sleep on his honeymoon, believe me.



I think the CIO method is incredibly insensitive to the child's emotional and physical needs. I wouldn't want to be treated that way- why would I do that to my child?



Still nursing my 12 month old down for all naps and bed. And thoroughly enjoying it.

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