Most parents love spending quality time with their babies and want to cherish every precious moment.
There are also times when even the most committed of parents start to feel exhausted. When babies have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep through the night, it can take a toll on the entire family.
Parents and siblings can start to suffer negative effects from sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep can also impact the baby’s physical, emotional, and mental development. It’s important for parents to address sleep issues as soon as possible.
A small blanket or soft toy with a blanket, also known as a baby comforter, can settle your baby and help to teach positive sleeping habits.
The issues arise when your baby becomes dependent on a dummy to transition from awake to asleep. That’s when it turns into an external sleep association. Basically, your baby begins to rely on this to fall asleep. This becomes one of the only ways they know how to fall asleep, so when they come to the light part of their sleep cycle, and they realise that the dummy is no longer in their mouth, they have no choice but to call out for someone to help them get it back in for them.
"Introduce a comforter. A lightweight, breathable and handkerchief sized comforter is something that we recommend to help ease the transition (if you baby is over 6 months old)."
Ready to say goodbye to the dummy? Sleep consultancy The Sleep Dept has some great tips!