We have a 10 month old DD that is very smart - she waves, claps, tries to walk, crawls – very fast I must say, turns things on and off, etc. My husband and I very much subscribe to AP for example we do not and have never used the CIO method for sleeping, Margot also co-sleeps with her crib next to our bed, we rarely if ever use the word no, we use diversion techniques, etc. My husband however is starting to notice that it appears that Margot is crying when she does not get something she wants or cannot do something she wants. He/we don’t understand the difference between attending to our DD needs and creating rules. Some of which are for her safety i.e. not falling off the bed while DH reads a nighttime story because she wants to run around all over the bed. So to be specific DH baths Margot, gets her ready for bed and part of the routine is to read to her before I nurse her to sleep (the only way she will go to sleep without crying). All Margot wants to do is run around the bed do we (a) try and find some other nighttime thing to do (b) keep putting her back in place to read with her even though she gets upset (c) or skip the whole nighttime reading routine and nurse her to sleep (d) other suggestions/ideas. To sum it up my husband basically feels we have a wonderful, loving, incredibly active daughter who cries when she does not get to do what she wants when she wants to do it and will only go to sleep by being nursed. Is the strategy to ride this out until she can comprehend better? We just want to raise an independent, happy child not a dependent little one.
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