Every parent knows that getting your baby to sleep through the night is difficult and sometimes a long road. Establishing a routine very early in a infants life is key but another important key is teaching your baby to fall asleep independently and staying asleep.
Everyone, including babies, will and do develop sleep associations. These are the things we associate with bedtime. Both my children had a favorite blanket that they took to bed with them. My youngest also had a binkie (which is now a aide in preventing SIDS). Many will say not to use a binkie but we had no choice with Jack. He was tongue tied and it was used to strengthen his tongue. Plus, they do give it up when they are ready 🙂 Whatever it may be make sure it’s safe to be in the crib with you baby and that it’s NOT you!
We all love holding and rocking our baby. We as parents only get to hold and rock our babies for a short part of their lives. Experts will say not to hold or rock your baby to sleep every night because then your baby will associate this with them sleeping. When your baby wakes up in the middle of the night, they will not be able to recreate that same sleep environment on their own because it involves you.
As your journey begins to teach your baby to sleep on their own start to introduce items to your baby that they can sleep with, such as a special blanket. My Baby Pajamas has soft bamboo blankets by Kicky Pants. Soon your baby will associate these items with sleep. Then when they wake in the middle of the night, they will be able to soothe themselves back to sleep without your assistance by holding their special blanket or item. Don’t forget comfy pajamas!
Good Luck and sleep tight!
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