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For many new parents, contact napping can be a lifesaver. This sleep technique involves having your baby rest in a close-fitting sling or carrier, or even just holding them in your arms. This close physical contact releases oxytocin and helps your newborn feel safe and secure in their new environment. This also helps strengthen the parent-child bond and can make breastfeeding easier as well.

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Some families prefer to stick with contact nap for their whole baby’s early life, and that’s completely fine! It’s important to be comfortable with the choice you are making and to ensure your baby is getting enough sleep. The key is to avoid over-sleeping, as babies that snooze too long tend to have more difficulty settling down for later naps.

It’s not a problem if you only use contact naps on occasion, but it’s best to avoid them entirely if you want your baby to learn to sleep independently and for longer stretches. Ideally, you will start to guide your baby towards independent sleeping as they become a toddler by establishing a regular sleep routine and following their wake windows.

If you are planning to move away from contact naps, it’s best to do this gradually so your baby doesn’t feel abandoned or confused. It’s also a good idea to invest in a crib or bassinet so your baby has a familiar, comfortable bed to sleep in. Be sure to check out our helpful sleep training guides for newborns (0-4 months) and babies (5-24 months) for more tips and tricks!

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