Stepping out of my own head today and breaking down what a sleep prop is, when they are useful, and when we need to think about ditching them.
Sleep Prop Breakdown By Age:
Newborns- pacifiers, swaddles, rocking, bouncing...anything! These sleep props are so needed because newborns cannot self-soothe. But we do need to use them correctly! Check out Sleep From The Start: Online Newborn Course to learn ALL about newborn sleep!
Baby- around 4 months old your baby can learn self-soothing strategies so we need to begin the prop elimination! White noise, darkness, sleep sacks, thumb-sucking, or anything THEY control!
Toddler- stuffed animals, blankets, even family photos are great sleep props for toddlers and preschoolers.
Ready to ditch the sleep props and teach your child to sleep independently? Let's get started!
Music by Chad Campbell