Baby Sleep Tips: Oh, the many ways babies soothe themselves to sleep!

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  • June 17, 2010

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Baby Sleep Tips:

Excerpt from “52 Sleep Secrets for Babies

Secret #3 – Babies do all sorts of things to soothe themselves to sleep

-Sucking thumbs, fingers, a pacifier, or a lovey.
-Twirling the tags or ears of stuffed toys.
-Twirling their own hair; playing with their ears (not just a sign of ear infections).
-Rocking their blanket or lovey against their face.
-Rocking their body or head; gently banging their head, legs or arms against the crib bumper.
-Lifting their legs up and letting them drop; humming, singing, babbling or talking.
-Weaving their blankets between their fingers.
Once we start to put our child down awake they will have the opportunity to create their own soothing sleep ritual!

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Kim West
Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a practicing child and family therapist for more than 24 years, and the creator of the original gentle, proven method to get a good night’s sleep for you and your child. She is the author of The Sleep Lady's Good Night Sleep Tight, its companion Workbook and 52 Sleep Secrets for Babies. Click here to read more about her.

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2 Comments

  • Amy Keffer says:

    My baby cracks me up. We have a video monitor from where we discovered that her sleepytime routine includes sucking on one binky while playing with another; transferring the playing binky into her mouth and inspecting yet another; and so on until she’s, well, warmed up the whole crib stash.

    • KimWest says:

      Adorable! Some babies rub their binkies on their cheeks and have a little ritual they do! Isn’t it nice that you can watch her do that on the video monitor? If only you could record it! Kim