The Importance of Self-Soothing

Regardless of your personal sleeping philosophy or method, one of the important early gifts you can give your child is the ability to Self-Soothe.

 

• Self-soothe: Often refereed to as Emotional Self-Regulation, is the practice of being able to properly regulate one’s emotions.

 

• Research suggests that infants and toddlers who develop healthy self-soothing strategies are at lower risk for anxiety (and other mood disorders), behavioral problems, developing poor coping skills, and co-dependency/separation anxiety.

 

Dr. Scott Koenig, Psy.D.