Falling asleep with less assistance

The baby has become too heavy for you to be rocking her to sleep every night. You'd like to go out in the evening, but your husband can't do the bedtime because he doesn't have breasts. Or maybe you just want to be able to say goodnight, give your child a kiss, close the door, and enjoy your evening. Whatever your child depends on to fall asleep is called a sleep association. We all have sleep associations. For many adults, sleep associations are supine position, a pillow, a cover, a dark room... For many babies, sleep associations are sucking (on a breast or pacifier), motion (being rocked or rolled in a stroller) or white noise.

If you would like your child to be falling asleep independently or with less assistance, the unhelpful sleep associations need to be broken and new associations need to be learned. This is not always an easy task and a lot of parents struggle with it. Some associations (for example sucking to sleep) are more difficult to break than others. Child's temperament, emotional issues (separation anxiety) and family situation (parents' long working hours) may further complicate the task.

But with enough persistence and patience, any unhelpful sleep association can be broken in a gentle way or replaced with a more sustainable one, taking both the child's and the parents' needs into consideration.

Book a consultation if you need help getting your child to fall asleep with less assistance.

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