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j4 From: j4 Date: November 2nd, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, there are areas where other people's experiences are useful -- they're the ones where I've tried to wade through the bad spelling and shouty nonsense... :-/ Mumsnet isn't as bad as the example I gave (have ETA that it wasn't from mumsnet!) but it's bad enough that it irritates me. Maybe I'm just an intolerant old grouch.

Health visitors have been very little use for anything so far, to be honest. Not surprised they were no help for crying/sleep -- two of our HVs have told me off for not just letting Img "cry it out" (one recently, & one when she was only 3 weeks old!).

Parenting Science - looks interesting, thank you! I had a look at Evidence-Based Parenting earlier, too (some interesting links via their twitter feed but it's not as good as I was hoping). I was vaguely hoping to meet rational parents locally via Oxford Uni's Babylab (or the Brookes equivalent -- I signed up for both) but I haven't made it to any of the coffee mornings yet & they haven't called us for any experiments yet. Maybe one day...

Edited at 2011-11-02 09:51 pm (UTC)
jvvw From: jvvw Date: November 3rd, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oxford would be a good place to meet intelligent parents I would have thought! This blog is worth a look too: http://mommadata.blogspot.com/

Sounds like you had a similar experience of health visitors re crying/sleep to us. The jury seems to be out on whether controlled crying is harmful as far as I can tell, but it's frustrating as there are alternatives to just leaving babies to cry by themselves that work (although I doubt for a bad sleeper there are any solutions that don't involve any crying at all, even waiting will involve crying spread over a long period of time). Certainly at Imogen's age, I'd have thought they would at least suggest gradual night weaning if you want to reduce night wakings rather than just leaving her to cry.
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