It is common for infants to develop a strong attachment to their caregivers and to prefer to be held or comforted by them when they are tired or upset. This is known as “sleep association,” and it can be difficult to break. However, there are a few strategies that you can try to help your baby learn to sleep independently:
Gradually reduce the amount of time you spend holding your baby before putting her down to sleep.
Use a soothing technique such as rocking or singing to calm your baby before putting her in her crib.
Place your baby in her crib while she is still awake, but drowsy, so that she can learn to fall asleep on her own.
Consistency and patience are key. Stick to a consistent bedtime routine, and be patient as your baby adjusts to new sleep habits.
It’s important to remember that every child is different and what works for one child may not work for another. Consult your pediatrician for personalized advice.