That’s what my adorable daughter thinks we should do in the middle of the night. Play. She wakes up crying, stops as soon as we pick her up and then stares at us wide-eyed, sometimes even giggly, while we try to get her to go back to sleep. So we’ve tried calming her down and then putting her back in her crib to hang out since she’s wide awake. But she starts wailing within a few minutes, and that doesn’t do anybody any good at 4:30 in the morning. So we pick her back up and….well, you get the idea.
If this was the only time she woke up during the night, it might not be bothersome, but we deem it a good night if we get at least 3 consecutive hours of sleep, which doesn’t always happen. So what should we do??
I feel like “they” say I should just let her cry it out, but if crying is the only way she can communicate with me, how can I ignore that??