Weaning Your Baby Off Contact Napping

The newborn phase is a sweet and special time for both mom and baby. It’s also a challenging one as babies adjust to life outside the womb. Sleep is a crucial part of a newborn’s early development, but they often struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep on their own. Many moms choose to contact nap with their baby during these first months. Contact napping is when your baby will only nap if they are being held, co-sleep with you or sleeping on or near you. It’s a normal and healthy thing for babies to want this comfort and security from their mothers during the early months of life. This can help with bonding, release oxytocin, regulate body temperature, and reduce the risk of SIDS.

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While contact naps are a great thing for your baby, it’s important to know that they will eventually need to learn to sleep independently. If you have a baby who loves to contact nap it can be difficult to wean them off this habit, but it’s possible and worth the effort in the long run for your baby’s health and your own.

When is the best time to wean off contact naps? It varies for every baby but it’s usually around 3-4 months. This is when they’re out of the newborn sleep stage and will be able to transition easier with longer wake windows. It’s always a good idea to work with a sleep consultant during these transitions for additional support and guidance.

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