Re: 7 month sleeping pattern
I think there's shades of "CIO." For instance, letting a baby fuss for less than ten minutes to see if they'll calm down on their own, versus letting a baby scream for hours.
Sleep and how we handle it is a very personal part of parenting, and seems really emotionally charged...figuring out how to nighttime parent, whether by co-sleeping, NCSS methods, Dr. Gordon's night weaning program, Ferberizing, etc is a really tough issue. It's definitely the thing my husband and I have had the most tension and disagreement on in childraising with our LO. I think we should be a little more gentle and compassionate with the mothers on this board who are trying to negotiate a difficult issue. Telling someone she is neglecting her child because she's trying to figure out how to navigate difficult sleep issues isn't really supportive. I know emotions run high, but I think there are more constructive ways to advocate for a strongly held position.
DS Ethan 12/16/2008
Breast fed/pumped 11 months as a surgical resident, 80 hours a week at work
DS Abram Daniel 12/20/2012
Feel like we've gotten a strong start