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Wiles ridiculous argument on its head, not helping our children learn to sleep at a reasonable age, of course! Safe co-sleeping is an option for some parents and if parents and children sleep when co-sleeping, wonderful. This is not always an option. Emily, your post was wonderful. Excellent response. It seems to me that exhausted, sleep-deprived parents are more likely to to lose their tempers or at least become tense, anxious, and depressed. Any baby would sense those emotions and probably become anxious itself.

Not that parents should worry about that. People will have different opinions about helping both babies and parents sleep, but this so-called Dr. Ha, I totally understand. So infuriating. Just had to take the opportunity to call Dr. Wiggles over here a troll again ;. I responded earlier in comments and then got down to these ones and now am regretting ever engaging!!!

A baby is desperate when left alone crying not matter if mommy shows up after a while or not. The baby looses basic trust — which can never be established again. Human babys are not made to be left alone at night… they are in need of a caring person! And again I ask where your evidence is. How do you know they feel abandoned? So everyone should listen to you and read the blogs you read.

And becoming a physician is a long, exhausting process. Oh and the idea that you call Emily and Brian child abusers is reprehensible. Now put the computer down, leave it down and go back to your own family. Internet trolling is NOT the example anyone should set for their children. The article that Dr. Wiles linked to—which is written by a doctor of psychology—-provides numerous links to credible scientific studies about the dangers of sleep training. I know nothing about the credibility of Dr.

Narvaez, author of the Psychology Today piece, has sufficient expertise and knowledge to write what she does. To pretend otherwise in the name of defending an Internet stylist from trolls is sloppy reasoning. This is precisely what scares me about the Psychology Today article. Careful, it was actually written by a journalist and researcher Angela Braden. I could not find credentials, but regardless of what her credentials are, she does not cite research accurately. But it has to interpreted VERY carefully. Blog posts and magazine pieces are not subject to the scrutiny of anonymous peer review.

This means that anyone can cite literature without checking the appropriateness of the citations. Case in point: I have examined each and every reference cited in the blog post. This is completely unethical to tell a lay audience and a gross misuse of the literature. This was a sensationalist piece. A person who is genuinely presenting evidence for greater consumption would present evidence and let the reader decide without judgement. She is a blogger and self-claimed researcher. You are right, Heather, there are so many problems with this piece. This is not a credible literature review.

It was written by someone with an agenda. I find some comments on here absurd. I am a social worker and work with kids and adults who have been emotionally abused! It is horrible! How horrible to suggest this. She is a loving mother who is always looking after what is best for her children, to suggest emotional abuse is mean, rude and completely out of line! Thank you for sharing your experience! This is so great. Thank you. Pregnant with the first and soaking all this up!

When crying it out method is used, do you worry about baby sitting in a wet diaper all night? Not a silly question at all! But when babies start sleeping through the night at 9 weeks, 6 months, a year… whenever! Good luck with your first baby! I had that question too but she just sleeps through it. Her room is amazing so I would want to stay awake all night so I could admire it. I think your post shows the value of a bit of flexibility and patience.

Me, me, me!! Everyone is happier when they sleep. My son is ridiculously happy when he sleeps. It is so important for a childs brain development to get as much sleep as possible, so basically not teaching your child the skill to fall asleep is really cruel. Let me guess…. Like those are the worst moms on the planet, come on now!

The breastfeeding-shaming is no joke and so damn annoying, like, for real, people? I completely take it back! Thank you, Jo. Although if a mom wants to BF til their baby is 5 then that is absolutely their prerogative. Thank you so much for commenting. Wow, that crazy fake doctor seems like just a regular internet troll enjoying stirring the pot. While each baby and each parent and each family is different and one thing is not going to work for each family, I can say that for my family we tried absolutely everything we could think of to get our first baby to sleep for longer than 35 minutes at a stretch.

We tried co-sleeping, bought every book under the sun, did it all. And what we finally figured out is that sleeping in the same room we were all keeping each other awake. Then he wanted to nurse every minutes but would just snack and fall back asleep. We were all cranky and going crazy! Baby included. After trying everything else for about 3 months we finally did the Emily version, which almost worked, but ended up finally just letting him cry.

For like, an hour. Unless you are privileged enough to not have to work and can also exist on zero sleep then you need to get some sleep for the good of the family, and your kid will be better for it, too. That would be a parenting failure. I think people like fake-doctor-internet-troll should stick with pets who will always need you the same amount and will make you feel super important.

The rest of us can be proud to create future adults who will be independent, helpful members of society. Because they know how to get some shut-eye. Thanks, Emily, for braving the trolls and writing honest things! Thank you for such an honest account of your sleep training experience! Kudos to you for sending this over the interwebs.

I was really hesitant to do any sort of CIO method but it got to a point where my little one would not nap unless I drove her around in the car. I used the Ferber method with my 5 month old and was actually shocked to see the difference in my baby. She went from a perpetually cranky baby to always having a smile. The impact was so noticeable that my husband and I immediately knew we had made the right choice for our little girl.

They are so much happier when they sleep more. Their brains are so well rested. Sleeping is good for people. This actually explains so much about why certain moms are the way they are. I failed miserably with sleep training all 3 of my kids, as in I did nothing. I nursed all night long till my boys were around 1 yo. He now loves a dark, quiet room with no one near. Thanks so much for sharing. Helpful post Emily! Thank you for sharing the details!

I loved the details, thank you! An honest account, makes me think maybe we can do it too, at least when we have a room to put says baby in other than our own. First time commenter. What can I say? I for one, was hugely encouraged by your experience. Not because it was easy, but that you thought through the cost, aimed for the end game and got help to get there.

Looking forward to sleep training, and once again, so glad you posted this. Wiles is totally not a real doctor. That much is obvious. The author is a blogger who also sells her services as a sleep coach using her patented alternative-to-CIO program. In other words, she has a personal financial interest in this area. Sleep well knowing that you are not abusing your child or operating on some lunatic continuum of neglect. Hip hip hooray! Boy oh boy.

I knew the second I saw the title of this post it was going to be a blood bath. Emily, you are a brave woman and I applaud you putting yourself and your personal life out there for the world to see. We are all doing the best we can to survive and raise happy humans. You are a great mom.

For all the haters you have x more supporters. Hi Emily! Your blog posts are supurb and I really love reading your more personal posts. As a 26 year old lady in the design world, I deeply admire you for your crazy-successful business and your ability to parent the most beautiful kids ever title not handed out lightly at the same time. Kids scare me, especially because I plan on having a demanding career at the same time.

And holy moly how do you handle a screaming baby?! You make it seem manageable and real — I can feel your understandable frustrations and love for your kids all at the same time in each post. Emily this post was amazing , thank you. I used CIO with my first hated it but gave him a bottle at am because I felt so guilty that he was hungry- this lasted for 2 years and it was torture because sometimes he was ready to start the day. Now with my 5 month old I have started your method and it worked wonders but I put him down at 8 or pm and he wakes at am — today I did the 5 method at am but it took an hour to get him back to sleep!

My question is am I supposed to be doing the 5 minute thing at am too? Or just go ahead and start the day? I had this same dilemma. So I sleep trained her again and now she is up to 12 hours last night 12 and a half!! And she is the happiest little baby for her extremely happy and well-slept mama. We used Ferber for both our 4. The older brother sleeps SO well that we kept with the same method for both. Our younger Charlie! We also put older brother and Dad in the basement a couple of nights when it was all about getting him to sleep.

Once Charlie could go to sleep but still wanted to comfort nurse back to sleep after middle of the night wake ups , I went downstairs with older brother to get the food source further away. Congrats on the better nights of sleep! Great timing with this post. Thank you for being so honest and putting yourself out there. Unfortunately, folks can be rather judgey about this topic.

You said it best, whatever is best for your whole family. We used Ferber and Sleep Easy Solution for our first daughter 3yrs and it was life changing once she started to sleep. I was a better mom, my husband and I were better, whole world was brighter.

Gonna do the same with our second daughter 7 mo. Plus, your little ones learn to self soothe, which is what parenting is, instilling skills in our kiddos. Anyway, thank you thank you for your amazing design advice and sharing your family struggles and wins. I am 69 and I used the same method with all my girls. They are mothers and grandmothers now and seem to have adjusted fine. Lol I married at 16 and in weeks I flew half way around the world, by myself, to be with my husband. My first daughter war born 4 months before my 18th birthday. There was no internet and I was half a world away from any family to get advise.

Surprisingly I did the same thing to get all 3 girls to seep through the night. Children rearing, the most important thing anyone can do, is very hard and they do not come with an instruction book. You have to do what you think is best and hope it is good enough. Did I make mistakes, more that I care to mention.

But I did my best!! I see your behaviour as neglectful but that is your cross to bear. What a bizarre and obnoxious thing to say. I would think that you would want to be rested so that you could be a calmer, more energetic mother while awake.

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Some people think being rested allows them to attend to all aspects of their life better. No one is a mother and a mother only hours a day, even if they think they are. Trolls are the worst!!!! This post really made me sad, let me try to explain why. Although I know that many of us have stressful, busy lives I do agree with a previous poster that babies simply require our constant attention and presence especially in those very important early months but honestly probably far beyond that point in their lives.

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Personally, I never planned out a strategy of how my baby was supposed to sleep and find the idea of sleep training so odd. When my son was born there was no way in the world I would have not let him sleep with us. It pained me to not be around my baby so there was no reason at all for me to doubt our sleeping situation. Even today he still nurses every two or three hours each night but I never wake up tired in the morning.

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In those 16 months I never once had to get up at night after nursing him to sleep in the evening because he would happily continue sleeping right away if he could nurse whenever he wanted. Not saying this is possible for everyone but I do hear from my co-sleeping and breastfeeding mom friends that their nightly routine is pretty stressfree as well. Surely there are other cases, though. Regarding the concept of sleep training, it just seems so unnatural to me and the idea of a couple-months-old baby having to sleep in their crib alone in a room is not something I would ever want for my child.

How does the rest of the world do it everyone besides us privileged first world parents and how did our grandmothers do it? Co-sleeping and breastfeeding and carrying my baby are the most fulfilling and essential parts of motherhood in these early stages at least for me and the least I want to offer my son in terms of closeness. I know for myself that I would never want to leave my baby feeling unprotected or alone let alone letting them cry unconsoled. An experience some of you describe as traumatic even for yourself, which makes it seem even more absurd, I mean why do it then?

I totally agree, Jasmin! I also enjoy your writing and this post was no exception. The method you describe sounds very gentle and sensible to me. I would think the baby would be comforted by having her parent respond after a few minutes and by hearing the same loving sounds and words, gradually learning to relax on her own.

It may not work for everyone, but nothing ever does or ever has. You sound like very loving parents who have given a lot of thought to trying to do the best for your children. Being out of the baby loop, I was genuinely shocked by the negative responses. Child-rearing philosophies go in and out of fashion, but I guess self-righteousness never does. I feel a little sorry for those who have been so vehement about their opinions on this, because they will have to realize eventually that all parents, even them, do things that effect their children in unexpected ways.

You do the best you can and no one is perfect. Getting over it is an important step in growing up. Emily — you are my soul sister in your love for brass, blue and babies. I suffer from similar afflictions. After all, second to loving them to pieces, that is our job as parents, right?

To teach our children? I have never been a good sleeper and it has affected my health in a variety of ways. She needed to learn good sleep hygiene. It worked. Would I have done it at 8 weeks old? Not a chance. But that is me. Constructive criticism is one thing when discussing shelf styling or the right shade of blush paint. Calling someone a child abuser — that is on another whole level of unacceptable and minimizes true child abuse. Working with your baby to show her how to sleep and letting her cry for a few minutes at a time is NO DIFFERENT than letting your baby cry in her car seat in the back seat facing away from you if following safety recommendations, right?

Short of pulling over and risking everyones lives there is no choice but to let the baby cry for a few minutes, right? Seems reasonable. Even the judgmental ones — I am sending extra love and happiness to you. I imagine you mean well but just because the internet is faceless that does not give you the right to be a jerk. I agree. I know that there are many attachment parents who are delighted with their approach, and I say kudos to them.

But unfortunately, a loud minority of attachment parents get incredibly judgmental and extreme. Like I said, great if it works for them. I roll my eyes at that expectation, for the simple reasons that most households have both parents working outside the home, AND, few of us live in extended families with other adults to help with childcare.

I have friends who emigrated to the US from India, and they told me that in India, many families still co-sleep because the grandparents either live with them or are close by. Among their Indian friends in the US, no one co-sleeps once they emigrate here. No co-sleeping at our house. They were excellent sleepers their entire childhoods and now are responsible adults. I never thought I missed out by teaching them to sleep in their own beds and putting themselves to sleep. Being firm shows love too. Our baby has slept in our bed from day one for the last 10 months.

I am currently battling nap time for my 7 month old. I used to have the same problem! Good luck!!

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Trying this sites methods this week. Every mom and child is different and we all need to make the decisions and adjustments that work best for us. When my daughter was born, I found it so stressful to sleep in the same room with her, let alone co-sleep. I could not turn my brain off at night having her near me and I found I had to put her in her own room almost at day 1.

But I honestly can say that was one of the best decisions I made as it meant I slept better and had more energy for her when she woke up for those infinite number of feedings. And as she got older, I really needed that uninterrupted sleep at night for my sanity. Sleep training was the single best thing I have done as a parent. The only true safety issues with infant sleep are location for ex. You already know this, because your pediatrician follows the literature! I have two adult children. One is 20 and figuring out what he wants to do with his life and the other is 18 and heading off to college in the fall.

One is our biological child and the other our adopted child. One boy, one girl. They could not be more different. Everyone should raise their child with love and should let others do the same. We all know what actual childhood looks like and should reserve comment for the real thing.

For example, I developed mastitis while nursing my 3-day old baby, was hospitalized and almost died. Afterwards, I discontinued breastfeeding. One day a co-worker told me that not nursing is child abuse. Emily, you have no idea yet what you have done for the quality of your family life. As a mama a few years ahead son 10 daughter 8 , I promise this is one of the best things you could have done. We used The Baby Whisperer method, and our kids slept 7 until 7 and still do give or take. The moods of every family member are calm, upbeat, and capable. She did so well this weekend!

Emily, I think you were brave to tackle such an incendiary topic. We did Babywise with our first, and I have huge regrets about doing that. Our oldest daughter is fine and healthy, and we are very close to her. I doubt her body remembers, but I do. By then, I was much more confident as a mother, and knew that things would mostly work themselves out. We did a modified Ferber approach with babies 2 and 3 when they were around 6 months.

Your kids sound very loved and I am glad everyone is getting more sleep. And I admit that my feelings about sleep training might change if I end up with a poor sleeper later on. Is it possible for you to delete trolling posts like Dr. It seems like that might be more productive than actually responding to them. Unrelated to trolls, I have noticed some robot spam comments on some of your recent posts not this one , so you may also want to delete those. I am in love with your blog for years now und I adore you for your creativity, your style and the way you give us wondeful views in your private life.

To be honest, I did not have the strength to really pull it off. This is way I am very thankful for your article! During the process, sitting in our living room and the standing in front of his door, crying myself — hearing my little one he is now turning 2 cry was impossible for me.

He is a tough little cookie and hearing him screaming and calling me so desperately was too much for me. I asked myself if this is really what I wanted to do and if I am causing any damage concerning this trust in his momma always being there for him- day and night. Honestly, I still do not know if this is my way to go. This is why I loved reading your article even more. S Just for info. Here in Germany, we have a lot of petitions running against Ferber. His method is extremely unpopular here and a lot of mothers, doctors, nurses want to have his book being removed from the market.

I know, it is your responsibility how you deal with your children as it is your family. Still, I think you have far more options to get enough sleep but to sleep-train your baby. I seriously doubt, that you only want your baby to fall asleep solitary and sleep all through the night because of your elder child. Personally, I am convinced that the key to good sleep of ALL family members is often much more simple than people expect.

We share bed with our months-old toddler since the day of her birth and we synchronized our sleep rhythms over time. I wake up a little when she wakes up, she rolls over to nurse and we both fall asleep as quickly as we woke up. All three of us, my husband, our daughter and I, we have never suffered from a lack of sleep for the last 14 months. I cannot understand the majority of comments here.

You take care of you baby all day long. You respond to his signals reliably. By the way, did you know that babies develop something called object permanence earliest at the age of 8 to 14 months according to the renowned psychologist Jean Piaget? This means, your baby does not know, that you are just behind the door if it does not see you — until it is able to know. If you go out of the room, you are really gone!

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Evolutionary biology shows evidence that babies need to wake up several time at night. If not, they would have been forgotten, starved, caught by wild animals or frozen to death. It is a programme which they still possess. Waking up at the right time always meant survival of the babies in human history.

That is the reason why babies sleep best in physical contact to their caregivers. Falling asleep literally is something you cannot be forced to. It needs a secure and comforting environment. If a baby is left crying, it will not learn how to self-soothe and finally how to fall sleep solitary. No, it will give up hope for you his attachment person to come and take care of his needs.

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Wonder why your baby falls asleep though when left crying? It is a sheer physical reaction which saves energy and also saves the baby from being heard by harming animals if the caregiver does not show up after a while. You can image which fear of death you baby is facing with CIO methods! Do you guys here seriously want your baby lose trust and experience fear? I am trying to share some links to books and references with you as you guys asked for solid arguments. Thanks for the detailed comment, fiona! If you could try to post those links again I would be very very grateful.

I see a clear division in the comments here and think it all comes down to two contrary approaches. One being very child-oriented and the other being more of a happy-family approach. Many moms and dads just arent ready to give up their lives for a short period of time for me, a short period is at least one and a half years, as thats how old my child is right now. For me this meant no date night with my husband heck, not even a dinner together sans baby in the house for many many months because I wanted to sleep next to my child so he wouldnt feel alone at night , no time at all for hobbies, getting my hair done, going out with friends for a drink cause nursing, simply said: no time for anything except caring for the needs of a baby.

There was no room for anything else, not even a movie with my husband for quite a while. Those were the sacrifices I happily made and saw as my job as a mother. But there are so many parents out there who dont feel the need to focus their entire attention on their baby once they hit the 3-months-mark, and thats their way of parenting. Everyone is doing the job the way they want to do it. You can be commited one hundred percent or you can have some freedom and some parts of your old life back, go out with friends, have alone time as a couple etc. There is little room in between. Many people in the posts above asked for studies and references stating that all CIO methods are harmful.

Middelmiss, W. Renz-Polster, H. These books clearly show that sleep training is harmful to children and it does damage the relationship to their parents! Or this with a statement of brilliant Dr. Any child is not independent. The harder you push at the start, the less confident they will become.

Or Dr. By the way, Richard Ferber revised his arguments against co-sleeping and stated that he feels deeply sorry for parts of his theory as it turned out to be wrong for children. See e. Cortisol, adrenalin and other stress hormones skyrocket, which disrupts the immune system and digestion. I see that I am on the minority side here with my opinion. To believe or even worse to encourage a child to believe that their behaviors are out of their control is a damaging thing to do.

I have no doubt and no trouble believing you when you say that you have witnessed a child who was not controlling their anger. That does not mean that it was impossible for that child to control their anger, only difficult. Modern neuroscientific studies Helm, Blair, Todorov, Denson, Adams, Panksepp… the list goes on give us a very detailed understanding of the foundations of emotion.

Much of what is believed and even taught regarding behavior is based on ancient versions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and was largely guesswork based upon observation not upon a deep understanding of the actual function of the human brain. We must not raise children to believe that they can surrender control when overwhelmed and wrongly believe that it was due to it being impossible to control themselves.

I fear a world where people believe they have no control over their actions. I will not argue that self governance and self control can be very difficult at times, at any age, but that does not make it impossible. Teaching children that they are indeed in control of themselves is very typically the first step in dealing with rage or uncontrolled anger issues for a very good reason! The advice that it is just the way things are and it is beyond control is very bad advice.

Harris, thank you for writing in. You are misunderstanding the entire point of my article. This article never says that children are never going to be capable — only that WHEN they are not capable. If you read my books, you may see that I hardly ever suggest that our children are incapable — on the contrary, I see them as fully resilient and empowered beings.

Everyone has their own parenting style and I am not here to debate that concept. We each do as we feel is best and learn as we go. I am not so much questioning the advice given to parents here but instead the few comments you and others in the comments do make about the capabilities of children. I am familiar with your books and have seen many examples where things are stated as fact that are, in no way, fact. I will not dwell upon my opinions of your work here unless asked but I will say that your books are in desperate need of reference, source, bibliography or any type of corroborative evidence if they are going to be presented as fact.

Thank you again for your comments. I love to hear what other professionals have to say. It is fun to bandy about these things — which tend to be taken far more seriously than they actually are. If you knew me, you would know that I am the last to do serious damage to children or parents. And yes, my books are very much self-help. People who read self-help books know this. My books come from the heart and are meant for the heart. Not so much for the head space. They are taken to the heart from a place of understanding that the spiritual journey of parenting is full of nuance and caveat.

I have enjoyed this exchange. You have presented your views with the greatest respect, which I appreciate. Glad you came to my page — even though you disagreed. This is what enlightened dialogue is about. Something I so value. I feel its a balance of teaching the child mastery over emotions, able to distinguish the emotions and expressing emotions. The article concept of being with the child during emotional breakdown is important to demonstrate being with big emotions, its ok to let it out even when its frustration of not getting what the child wants aka tantrums.

Emotions are our important navigators, whether we are happy, sad, angry and as parents we need to guide the child to be aware and distinguish the emotions, why they are feeling that way, cause what i can see from many adults, when upset they find it hard to distinguish what exactly is upsetting them, the first reaction is to point fingers at outside of external factors or at someone. Children are very present beings, they easily forget the past therefore addressing during the upset is important.

Oh another thing i forgot to mention is that, we often associate happiness, laughter and joy as positive emotions and anger, sadness, frustration as negative emotions. I observe many of adults feel ashamed or wrong therefore a lot of resistance to experience these emotions in themselves and others. Many of these are conditioning from young. Theres a right and wrong, good and bad emotion.

Yet like i mentioned, emotions are neither good nor bad, they are our navigators. My intention for the post is for parents to be aware the consequences of their upbringing of their children in terms of dealing with emotions, let them express the emotions, be with them, discover with them whats really upsetting them, guide them to find the language to express it. Demonstrate to them its ok to feel all kinds of emotions, they are not wrong nor right, good nor bad, that emotions are just navigators of our soul and heart so that when they are adults, they are truly mature beings who can articulate and express what they feel and feel them without shame or guilt, and allow others around them to do the same.

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Is this a paid subject matter or did you modify it your self? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is uncommon to peer a great weblog like this one today.. This is a good reminder for me. Thank you. I am failing to understand what I am to do when my child is throwing a fit in the store or some other public place. Get down to her level. Hold her and let her finish out her feelings? Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

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He was just having low blood sugar… I assume that my children rarely ever had a meltdown because I did my best to listen and respond to them or maybe they were just mellow… but this will not be true of all the children I teach. With deep gratitude! Jessica on March 11, at pm. Lindsey on March 11, at pm. Cody on March 12, at pm. Harris on March 11, at pm. I believe we are going to have to agree to disagree on this one!

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I often hear them singing the songs in their cribs when they are going to sleep or waking up. The class has always felt like such a nurturing, supportive environment and we look forward to it all week. I can't say enough about this class and highly recommend it to others. My 16 month old son and I had the pleasure of attending the summer session of music together with Cheryl. It was such a positive experience in so many ways.

First, of course, there was the music. My son took to the fun songs immediately, becoming excited with legs bouncing whenever I'd pop in the CD. It wasn't long until he'd become familiar enough to recognize the different tracks and indicate his preferences for which songs he wanted to hear. That was so exciting for me as a mom to watch him developing in another new way. It was also a happy weekly ritual to ask him if he was ready to go to music classes on Tuesday mornings.

He would smile excitedly, start dancing, and ask if we were going to see 'the babies' and their mamas. He got such a kick out of watching the other kids each week-seeing the different ways they all moved around to the music, especially the older ones. I think that in addition to introducing my son to new music and giving him the chance to play different instruments, MT also helped him gain a few new dance moves! It was a great experience that we look forward to doing again! She is 22 months old. We are so thankful to have found a program that we both love so much.

She lights up when she hears the songs in the car and has started trying to sing along! It is a wonderful thing to watch. Parents in the class sing and participate. It is a great feeling to let loose and be silly with your little one, all the while giving them enriching experiences that will help them throughout their lives. I encourage everyone to try at least one class. You will be hooked! My daughter loves the music and even though she is only 14 months, she always requests the CD when we are in the car!!

She loves it and so do I! Cheryl gave me the Music Together magnetic decal for my car and I proudly display it! How amazing it has been to remember that my daughter began singing strings of lyrics before she really began putting two words together conversationally.

Since she started the Music Together mixed ages program at 20 months I have seen her grow so much with music in her life. I've always known she's enjoyed it, but now this semester, at age 2, I've really witnessed her evolution with it. Whether she's strumming a big red wiffle ball bat, opening and closing her fists while singing "open and shut", or inserting her own custom lyrics to familiar melodies, she is really excited about music. As her mother, I feel so excited that she has found something that brings her such joy, and I also feel proud that it's something as wonderful as music.

My husband and I really look forward to continuing to encourage her musical development. We feel so happy to have found you, Gwyn! We started attending Music Together when my daughter was nine months old. She is four years old now, so we have "grown up" in the program. We look forward to our Monday mornings with "Miss Gwyn" and our music class friends, and we enjoy making music throughout the day.

I love that my daughter is as comfortable singing to the cashier at the grocery store, as she is singing a lullaby with me at bedtime. We've done other activities playgroups, gymnastics, dance, etc. I have been attending Music Together with Katie since she was 8 months old. She loves it! The class is very child-focused, and I enjoy spending 45 minutes with all of my attention focused on her.

Now that she is just over a year old, Katie is really starting to participate in class instead of just listening and enjoying. She is clearly developing a love of music, and I am so glad that she has been able to have such a positive and engaging experience with it. We will definitely be sticking with it as she gets older.

It's also great that the ages are mixed, as she loves watching and mimicking the "big kids". My son Jack has been in Music Together since he was 8 months old and now he is turning 3 this week. It has been so wonderful to watch him grow with each session from a baby putting instruments in his mouth and observing from my lap, to a child with rhythm, confidence, focus, and a love of music.

His favorite songs are from the Music Together CDs we have received, and he also likes looking at the songbooks and sitting with me at the piano as I play his favorites. It is nice to have music to listen to with him that we can both enjoy! Now my younger daughter Corinne, who is 9 months, has joined the class and she is already bouncing and humming in class. My daughter and I were signed up for an infant gymboree class, swim lessons and the music class. I was unsure of the music class because I had never heard of it before.

I absolutely love coming to the music class and Hannah is enjoying it more and more. It's our favorite class that we go to!

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  5. I can see Hannah beginning to do little things, such as banging the instruments, clapping and smiling at Gwyn or Cheryl. We love singing and dancing to the cd at home and then hearing them together at class. I felt it was a great experience for my son educationally, and also a wonderful place to make new friends. We have seen such individual growth in our three young children in a relatively small amount of time.

    Our youngest child has really taken off musically. She's learning so much so quickly It is truly a family affair! We use the songs and books to enjoy quality time together as well as to get through our everyday routines. Through the classes, I've picked up on ways to integrate songs into clean-up, bath time, bed time, etc which makes it much easier and fun for the kids! I also love hearing my children sing! They have learned tonal patterns, pitch and rhythm skills which make them love to sing and enjoy music!

    She thrives on the classes. She has had a superb introduction to music, singing, participating in group activities, and being part of a class. Hardly a day goes by when she does not either sing a Music Together song, listen to a CD, play an instrument, or ask me "Mommy, when are we going to see Ms.

    My daughter has really enjoyed music together. She has been going since she was 5 months old and loves to sing, dance, and play instruments. She gets excited when I play her cds in the car and she recognizes a song from class and actually starts to do the dances or gestures that go with the song. She always makes the cats with her hands when the 2 little kitty cat song comes on. A joyful experience to be with my 2yr old and 8 month old dancing, singing, and making memories.

    I don't know of a better place to be Monday mornings for all of us. We Love It! Gwyn has given the gift of music to our family.