If your baby wakes at night and all you need to do to settle her is to give her the pacifier or dummy there might be some other things you can do to prevent her from continuing to wake you to help her find the pacifier. All babies wake at night, this is true, however some babies can self settle and go back to sleep by themselves. Others can’t self-soothe and will need help. As your baby has learned to use her dummy to help her get back to sleep, she will call for your help. If your baby is able to use the dummy independently, and can put it back herself and this calms her down this is a clear sign of a sleep association that she has formed. She feels calm and relaxed when she has the dummy in her mouth – and without it she will cry the house down.
However if you are based in Sydney and would prefer not to have your baby rely on a dummy or pacifier, you can get in touch with a baby sleep consultant to help you get through the transition of the sleep association formed. Through Completely Baby based in Cremorne Point, Sydney, Catherine Thompson offers baby sleep consultant and other services for children aged 0-2 years, providing high-quality practical support and advice for you and your baby. The factors you may take into consideration if you are thinking of using a sleep consultant’s services are varied. You might think about a sleep consultant if your baby has a problem dropping off to sleep, if your baby wakes multiple times in the night, and if they are incapable to fall or stay asleep in their bed. You may consider a sleep consultant also if your little one is experiencing early morning waking, or if they have difficulty dropping or staying asleep during snooze time, or if your baby is irritable and fussy during the day. Another reason an expert like a sleep consultant might be worth finding is if your own sleep is very disrupted and it is interfering with your capability to parent satisfactorily. Lack of sleep might be making you feel overwhelmed with handling your child’s sleep and helping them form healthy sleeping habits.