What is a sleep association?
A sleep association otherwise often referred to as a prop or tool is something a child associated with sleep. For example, your child might associate being fed or rocked with sleep and will need those two things in order to fall and stay asleep.
When does it become a problem?
A sleep association becomes a problem when the child is totally and utterly reliant on the association and will not fall asleep or go back to sleep without it. This can become exhausting and not practical for both bub and family.
As a sleep consultant, here are a few common sleep associations that I see:
- Rocking to sleep
- Feeding to sleep
- Driving in the car
- Sleeping only in the pram
If you need help with your child’s sleep or have any questions – please contact me