How to Fix a Sleep Schedule When Baby is Sick
What if Baby Gets Sick?
What you shouldn’t do when a sick baby won’t sleep
Resist The Temptation To Bring Baby Into Your Bed
Do Not Give In To Offering Sleep Props
Second, do NOT give in to the temptation to start offering any sleep props or baby sleep aids that you might have recently taken away. A sleep prop is anything a baby uses to help him or her drift off to sleep- for example, the bottle, a pacifier, a mountain of toys, etc. I know it’s tough, because obviously you want to offer them any kind of comfort you can while they’re feeling miserable, but you really don’t want to reintroduce those things they were dependent on prior to starting sleep training. It can be really confusing and is often even more difficult to break the association the second time around.
How to Soothe Your Sick Baby
Offer As Much Comfort As Needed
Now, let me just point out that I’m not saying that you can’t offer more night time comfort to your baby while they’re sick. On the contrary, I completely recommend it. You should absolutely feel free to go in and check on them more often, take care of any needs they might have, and even give them a little cuddle or a rocking session in order to comfort them.
Just be vigilant and be sure to put them back into bed before they fall back to sleep. Otherwise, you run the risk of them developing those associations where falling asleep requires a rocking session or a cuddle, and then you’re back to square one.
You may notice a slight sleep regression when the illness has passed, but not to worry. Your baby has learned some great sleep skills at this point and will probably only need a slight reminder of how things go before they’ll be back into their routine and sleeping soundly through the night again. Just get back to the program, reintroduce the old bedtime routine, and you’ll be seeing those same wonderful results in no time.
Blog Contributor: Holly Bollinger and Founder of Bollinger Sleep Consulting