What are your earliest memories of sleeping as a child? You probably remember something that you’ve associated with sleep such as your favorite pillow, lovie, blanket, or your room. That’s a sleep association.

Helpful Sleep Associations for Baby

Since motherhood can be riddled with hypersensitivity over how we care and feed our baby or how they sleep, how about we declare this a non-judgment zone and move forward to gain a better understanding of sleep associations? Some may find certain sleep associations beneficial that work for them, and others may not, and that’s perfectly alright.

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If you find that your baby has associated sleep with a prop or anything that makes them completely reliant to achieve rest, the best solution is to try and resolve that association as soon as possible. I have totally been there and it’s not easy, but listening to your gut, trusting your instincts, and staying away from extremes will help your baby develop sleep routines. At the end of the day, whatever works for you and your family is what matters.

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Sleep deprivation was the single most difficult issue I had as a new mom. If you’re struggling with finding a rhythm and are experiencing sheer exhaustion, please know you’re not alone. I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Linda Scruggs

Linda Scruggs RN, BSN serves as a resource for parents in the digital space, creating helpful health and wellness content. She has specialized for over 12 years in reproductive medicine, and family and women's health as a nurse. A mom of two young children, her work can be seen on her own blog via her site, lindascruggs.com, as a contributor to The Huffington Post, and created the patient education program in one of the top fertility centers in the country. Linda is all about empowerment in motherhood and would love to connect.

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