Self Soothing Baby – Baby self soothing behavior
The Beauty of a Self Pacifying Baby is something that cannot be denied. Here are a few tips to get you started! Today, we cover briefly about self-soothing baby and baby self-soothing behavior.
I will never forget the showdown my mother and I had outside my newborn twins’ bedroom door. There we stood, both in our pajamas (because it was three in the morning), nothing but the hallway nightlight to illuminate our eyes, which were locked on each other.
We were both daring the other to make a move. I knew that I was going to win…. But I was pretty sure that she was willing to risk it. “DO NOT GO IN THERE,” I said through clenched teeth. She cut her eyes to the door where the wailing was coming from, and then back to me. I knew she thought I was a complete monster.
But more importantly, she knew that I was not going to budge on this. And so… with a disgusted huff, she walked back to the guest room and slammed the door. It wasn’t like she was going to wake anyone up. We were all awake anyway. We had all been awake for several days.
Already the mother of two, I welcomed babies three and four thinking that I had this parenting thing down. My twins decided to test my confidence. I had spent the last few nights soothing one and then the other in what had become a merry-go-round of complete insanity.
In my attempt to pacify them into some type of sleep schedule, I had forgotten everything I knew about sleep and babies. A time tested, and mother (not my mother, of course) approved method for maintaining sanity and a happy family even with the introduction of a new bundle of joy.
It finally hit me one morning as I nursed a baby and dozed in my coffee…. Sometimes, you have to let them cry. I actually got excited at the prospect of letting them cry it out that night. It had worked with my other children. They were great sleepers from the very beginning and at three and five years old, they still slept at least twelve hours a night.
How had I forgotten? I informed my mother, who had come to help when the babies were born, that I was going to be letting them cry and that she was not to go into their room for any reason without written permission by myself or my husband.
The babies cried that night, and it was pitiful. Every twenty minutes, I went in and picked them up. I checked their diapers, patted their backs, gave them kisses and told them I loved them. And then I put them back in their cribs and walked out. It took two hours the first night. It took one hour the second night.
The third night I only went in once. It really is the hardest thing in the world to do…. Letting your sweet baby lay there and cry. But there is an undeniable benefit to a baby who learns to pacify themself. The twins are five now, and they (along with their older siblings) still sleep like angels.