Hi there, sorry to crash but I've been reading along as I'm quite interested in hearing people's different approaches. I have a 3 week old son and am keen to get sleep associations, etc in place as early as possible.
Kimberlygal1 would it be possible for me to get a copy too?
Not long before he was born one of my sisters (wonderful mother of 5) said something to me that just made SO much sense. She said 'babies are born self settling'. And when I thought about it, I realised she was right. As a newborn, most babies will happily self settle and it's just a matter of continuing this.
I know some babies will have reflux/ colic/ health probs. and it's just not that easy. But for my DS2 it was such a different experience armed with this information.
We would always comfort and cuddle him if he was having trouble settling but it wasn't at all often that happened.
He has been an awesome sleeper since birth and now at nearly 2 years he still is. I waited until DS1 was 9 months old and I was losing my mind before 'teaching' him to self settle and would never do that again.
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I agree with KG about sleep times and nap times. Consistency is important.
But I feed to sleep and then cuddle to sleep. I do not encourage my children to go to sleep by themselves till 2-3yrs old.
My DD (10 months) self settles for naps and has never been taught. She's stopped self settling at night though so we rock or feed her to sleep. She goes through stages
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