Cafe Mom discusses the ins and outs of cuddling your baby to sleep.

“A baby falling asleep in your arms can become a ‘problem,’ so to speak, if that’s the only place they’ll sleep for all sleep, and there are some babies who have a very hard time sleeping elsewhere for a variety of reasons,” Mizrahi told CafeMom.

So what can you do to make sure your little one develops the ability to sleep on her own?

First of all, understand why she likes sleeping in your arms (and that it’s perfectly normal). It’s because she’s still getting used to life outside the womb — and doesn’t like being away from you yet.

“The first few months of a newborn’s life are often referred to as the ‘fourth trimester,'” explained Mizrahi. “They require a lot of closeness for sleep since that’s all they’ve known for nine months in utero! Babies frequently fall asleep in a parent’s arms during a feed, as the sucking is naturally calming. Some babies might also prefer being held if they have reflux or gas.”

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