Originally Posted by freya6903
That is so horrible.
Apparently, when my dad was a baby his dad was away at war and he was home with my grandma. When my grandad came home he didn't like my grandma feeding him at night anymore so they left my dad to cry in a crib in another room all night long. My poor grandma had to listen to it but her husband wouldn't let her resond to the crying. My dad thinks he is a "loser" because of it, and he blames that experience on his lack of confidence (my dad is NOT a loser, but you couldn't convince him of that)
When my mum told me I was so upset, I didn't realise people could actually do that. Doesn't a person's protective instinct take over?
If that were my husband, he'd be out in the shed with divorce papers!
HA! I'd lovvveee to have someone try to stop me from responding to a crying baby! Not on your life, buster!
And about what those parents are doing to that baby, it borderlines if not is child abuse. I personally consider it abuse, but I'm not sure how state agencies would consider that. Children that young and often still in need of night feedings, as baby's sleep schedules and feed schedules are so different from adults, something some parents an even some peds don't seem to get. Babies need fed on demand, when they are hungry as a general rule. Yes, sometimes there are rare health issues that sometimes are exceptions to that rule (rare obesity and certain metabolism problems) but for a baby that young he needs to be fed. Cutting of the child from important caloric intake could possibly have a very negative effect on the his growth, not to mention his mental development. Also, I believe as a safety precaution sleeping infants always need to be within earshot of a responsible adult. There are just to many variables for them not to be.