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.
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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