Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sleeping with a "Lovey" {Sleep Tip of the Month}

Lauren Boston is back on the blog this month sharing a sleep tip that I swear by.  Lauren is a certified sleep coach and DONA trained postpartum doula.  Her passion for helping tired parents began when her own newborn daughter's constant crying and terrible sleep habits finally got the best of her.  Visit her blog and Facebook page for more information.  

Lauren's Sleep Tip of the Month:
Babies and children sleep better with a "friend".

My daughter, Charlie, getting ready for bed with her loveys.

By "friend" I mean a security object, or "lovey".  It could be a stuffed animal, a favorite blanket, or even one of your T-shirts.  It will help your child feel safe and secure if they have the lovey when you're not around - like when they wake in the middle of the night.  

If by the time your child is 6 months old they haven't fallen in love with something on their own, you can pick a lovey for them, and include it in their bed & nap time routines.  

Choose something cuddly and soft, if your child is old enough, let them pick it out at the store or from their existing toys.  Let them hold it when they nurse, play peek-a-boo with it, make it an important part of their day.  

If your child doesn't seem to bond with it right away, give it time, put it in the crib or bed every time your child goes to sleep.  Eventually they will take to it.  

Consider buying duplicates if possible, loveys are notorious for going astray at shopping malls.

Does your child have a lovey?  Did they pick it out or did you choose it for them?

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