Handling your baby’s sleep schedule can be pretty darn difficult, especially when they start to really learn that they can manipulate you with their heart-melting cries. When they’re crying in their crib in the middle of the night, they know that they can get you to come into their room and pick them up. But should you succumb to their demands? Here’s what you should take into account on this topic.
It can be really easy to give in. There’s nothing more heartbreaking than hearing your baby cry for you, and sometimes it can seem darn near impossible not to go into their room and pick them up. In many cases, this is actually the right solution. You want your baby to know that you’ll always be there for them.
However, here’s where things get a little bit tricky. Eventually, your baby may start to recognize this trend and try to “beat the system” by crying intentionally in order to get picked up. If you must go get them, by all means. But if you’re able to stay strong, we’d recommend calling their bluff occasionally. See if they might just fall back asleep after ten minutes or so. You may just find that they’re still pretty tired and that they’re more than happy to lie back down if you’re not coming.