Do you let your baby cry herself to sleep?
And for how long? I am obviously a very new mom. DD is only 8 days old. She seems to have her days and nights mixed up though and will sleep all day, but then is up from about 11am to 3am. She's fine (and will sometimes sleep) as long as I am holding her and walking or rocking, but the minute you try to put her down, she starts kicking those little legs, flailing those adorable little fists, and grunting until she wakes herself back up and starts to cry. Because I didn't want to keep DH up all night since he didn't take any time off of work, I have been picking her up just before she starts crying. But my neighbor told me the only way to fix this was to put her down still awake and let her cry herself to sleep. As long as she was fed, burped, and diapered, the crying would do her good. But how do you bare to hear her cry? And how long do you let it go before giving in and picking her up?
Also, do I wake her regularly during the day to feed her? Sometimes, if I don't wake her, she'll sleep 5-6 hours during the day between feedings. Right now, my breasts can't take that though so I have been trying to wake her at least every 3-4 hours. I also thought that might help with the night wakefullness, but it's still early.
Any advice you experienced moms can give me will be greatly appreciated. Until then, I am trying to sleep when she sleeps, but I never seem to be tired at the same time as her during the day. LOL! Well, time to go feed my little angel. Thanks in advance,