My younguest with his trusted Mickey

Comfort objects can help children gently make the transition to independence from being held to sleep. It can also help to say goodbye to dummies.

Firstly, help your child to associate the object, like a teddy, with you and with feeling relaxed.

Here is how you can do it

Include the comforter in calm activities you do together. Snuggle it between you both during feeding and cuddling.

Once you notice the comforter if having an effect, start using it to replace it for yourself gradually. For example, place the comforter in the bed/cot and say your sleepy cue (e.g. night, night). If it doesn’t work, do what works until your child is calmer and try again.

Avoid washing the comforter and always have a spare one which you will also have to condition. It needs to smell like you!

Top Tip: Choose one which is likely to always be available. We choose Mickey for that reason.

Once you feel it’s safe (I would suggest not before 8 months), the comforter should be easily accessible to your child.

It will take a good month of continuous daily conditioning before you notice the comforter is having an effect. Persevere!

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