Poll Discussion: Sleep Props


There are times when a sleep prop is a necessary tool to help your baby sleep. Some things one person views as a sleep prop another person does not. Sometimes we hear so much warning about the usage of sleep props we are afraid to use them when the situation might warrant it. While I avoid many sleep props, there are many on the sleep prop list I used with my children and highly recommend to everyone. Some examples of sleep props are (NOTE–not all people would view all of these as sleep props, but considering a sleep prop to be something that you give baby or do for baby to help baby fall sleep, let’s call them all sleep props for this poll):

  • Pacifier
  • Sleep positioner
  • Sound machine
  • Swaddle
  • Rocking baby to sleep
  • Nursing baby to sleep
  • Sleep location other than crib (swing, rock and play, wrap…)

It is very helpful for me when compiling answers if you at least number the answers you give. You can also copy the questions and answer them. If the question does not apply to you, simply put “N/A.”


1. What sleep props did/does your child use?

2. What age did your child start with each prop?

3. What age did your child end with each prop?

4. When you ended each prop, was it difficult for your child?

5. If yes to number 4, what kind of reaction was it and how long did the reaction last?

6. In retrospect, would you use that prop again?

7. Any advice on sleep props?