I'm lucky in that my baby sleeps in his crib for 12 hours a night and for each day time nap. However, he requires to be rocked to sleep in my arms before each time going into the crib. He is very particular about what position he likes, the conditions of the room & having his pacifier. By doing this method 5-6 times a day for every sleep period could I be causing him to become dependent on me to fall asleep? Will this make training him to fall asleep on his own very hard?

asked 01 Dec '09, 17:18

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could I be causing him to become dependent on me to fall asleep?

Yes, but it's not something to be worried about... if it doesn't bother you to do it and you enjoy it, you can continue; on the other hand

Will this make training him to fall asleep on his own very hard?

Yes, but it's also not that harder, there are a lot of books on how to train your child to sleep, you can follow some guidelines and do it.

To sum up, I don't think it's that wrong to help them sleep, as long as it's not a problem for other members of the household, it's also good bonding

Disclaimer: This is personal opinion

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answered 01 Dec '09, 17:34

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I appreciate your opinion... it makes a lot of sense!

(01 Dec '09, 21:13) DazedandConfused

To sum up, I don't think it's that wrong to help them sleep

I agree, to a point....

It becomes a problem when nobody else can get him to sleep in your absence. I would try to develop methods that use the environment or routine (like the lighting, or a bath-book-bed routine).

You don't mention his age, the younger he is, the less it matters in my opinion.

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answered 01 Dec '09, 19:31

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He's 3.5 months old... I was hoping in the next few months he'd be sleeping on his own...

(01 Dec '09, 21:13) DazedandConfused

I wouldn't worry yet then, it will be more of an issue when he only has 1 nap and a proper sleep a day - there's lot's else going on for now :)

(02 Dec '09, 22:32) Mungo
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