When Your Baby Cries at Night

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Being a parent isn’t always easy, and it’s almost never quiet. The fact of the matter is that, from the moment your baby is born, chances are pretty good you’re going to have to endure a certain amount of noise and crying. The worst part about it, for many parents, isn’t the lack of sleep that it can cause, but rather the fact that you just hate to see your little one out of sorts.

For those first few months of life, it’s always wise to respond to your baby’s cries at night. The fact of the matter is that her little tummy just doesn’t hold enough of that milk or formula to let her make it all the way through the night. She’s going to need to eat every few hours. Pick her up and feed her.

After those first few months, however, many babies will continue to wake up even if they’re not hungry or don’t need a diaper change. Your baby should be sleeping for longer stretches, and if he wakes up it’s often because he’s just feeling active and wants to continue practicing a new skill or experiencing the world around him.

There is some question as to whether you should let your baby cry it out or whether you should rush to pick her up. Really, this is a decision you need to make for yourself.

There are those parents who believe that you should pick a child up any time that he cries, and that this is a sign of love and attachment between you and your baby.  This philosophy is part of something called “attachment parenting,” and many trusted experts advocate for its principles.

Other experts believe that you should allow your baby to cry for at least a couple of minutes before you attend to her. They suggest that, given a few minutes, most babies will learn to soothe themselves and that by rushing in to soothe them you create a situation in which they don’t learn to soothe themselves.

Ultimately, you need to decide what’s right for you and what works for your family.

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