Nap Trap #7: "My baby will nap only if I lie down with her." There is nothing wrong with lying down with your baby, provided you're prepared to do this for a long time; it's the kind of habit that's hard to break. Instead, sit beside her bed and charm her to sleep. She'll feel the same sense of closeness and ultimately sleep for longer stretches. Best of all, you can sneak out of the room as she becomes more adept at self-soothing to sleep.
Reprinted from: The Lull-a-Baby Sleep Plan: The Soothing, Superfast Way to Help Your New Baby Sleep Through the Night . . . And Prevent Sleep Problems Before They Develop
Cathryn Tobin, MD, is a pediatrician, a trained midwife, and a member of the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has been speaking on parenting issues for more than twenty years.
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