Q: My daughter is 7 months old. When she wakes up, she plays in her bed, cooing and playing with her feet. Although she isn't in the same room with me, I can hear her but am still half asleep. Should I get her out of bed or let her play?

A: Lucky you! Many children wail when they first get up, and the parent has no choice but to respond right away. But a 7 month old who can soothe herself with her voice and her thoughts and her own feet is a blessing for sleepy parents. I suggest you enjoy these times in any way you wish. No baby needs a parent at every single moment--what they need is a parent handy when they get into a jam and need something that they can't provide for themselves. It is wonderful that your daughter is exploring the world a bit with her eyes and her hands and her mind, and that this gives her enjoyment. She will let you know when you need to step in actively!

Answered by Dr. Elizabeth Berger



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