Management of sleep-onset association type BIC includes establishing a good sleep routine, and the use of positive sleep associations: e.g. a comforting object (stuffed toy or used mother’s shirt) that the child can bring to bed with him/ her each night.
There is no ‘best’ method to help a child fall asleep independently, but the key is to be ‘consistent and persistent’ every night, especially if more than one caregiver is involved.
Often, once the child is able to fall asleep independently at bedtime, he/she is more likely to be able to self-soothe to sleep during spontaneous night awakenings.
Some methods that have been used include:
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