FACT: It is possible to bond and develop strong attachments during “awake” time with baby. Cuddling, holding while feeding, making eye contact, and talking with baby are all ways to develop strong attachments. When baby goes to bed, those feelings don’t go away. If baby cries while in the crib, soothe baby and then lay him or her back to sleep in the crib. Baby will feel comfort and will develop ways to self-soothe and calm on his or her own, which is a critical skill. There are many techniques that parents can use to help when baby is crying. Resources such as the “Period of Purple Crying,” advice from a doctor, nurse or other health provider, and others are available to help teach parents skills to soothe baby.
The safest place for baby after soothing is on his or her back in the crib.