Weaning off of MANY sleep associations! HELP!

Amy - posted on 06/12/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am finally ready to sleep train my 6 month old baby girl but I am a bit overwhelmed by the amount of sleep associations I feel need to be broken to do it right. SHould I cold turkey all of them the night we decide to start sleep training? That means we will forgo the swaddle (sleep association 1), the swing (sleep association 2), the motion of the swing (sleep association 3) and also me breastfeeding or rocking to sleep (sleep association 4)!! I purchased a transition swaddle but I'm sure it will still be tough for her to be without but I can't imagine how it's easy for them to self-soothe if they can't reach their hands.

Any suggestions or words of encouragement? Her wakings and time it takes to get her back to sleep is beginning to get out of control.

Thanks so much!

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Chet - posted on 06/12/2014

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Keep in mind that 6 months and up can be a difficult time for sleep in general. Teething can disrupt sleep. Developmental bursts and hitting milestones can interrupt sleep. Growth spurts can interrupt sleep. Dreams can disrupt sleep. Sleep problems at 6 or 12 or 18 months aren't necessarily about lack of sleep training or any kind of parental failing. It's often about a rough patch where a baby needs your love and support to get through it.

Personally, I was always been glad to have tools like breastfeeding and rocking to settle a distressed baby or toddler at night.

Laura - posted on 06/12/2014

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I stopped swaddling my four month old two months ago... i just started working with her sleeping in her crib.. the only way she will sleep for longer than 15 mins is swaddled! So... if you think it will help her to get used to the crib then i would say swaddle for a few nights.. then maybe leave one arm out, and slowly get away from the swaddle! Hope this Helps! ~Laura

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