The word 'rigid' tends to have pretty negative connotations, doesn't it? A rigid routine, for example, seems so inflexible, so set in stone, so...well, so rigid! We get that, and we never direct our consultation clients to adopt rigid schedules and routines if they just aren't comfortable with that. That said, though, there are times when we encourage parents to try adopting more rigid sleep schedules and routines - specifically, more rigid bedtime routines. Read on to learn why!
Occasionally, I get an e-mail asking whether a crib aquarium (or something like it) will help your baby sleep and whether it is a good investment, so I thought I'd write an article about how you can make positive sleep associations to help your baby sleep. A sleep association is how your baby (and everyone really) falls asleep. Your baby might "need" a pacifier, to breastfeed, to be bounced on an exercise ball, to be in a swing, to be rocked to sleep, etc. I have heard almost all of them,