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  1. Sabrina says:

    Hi there!

    I’ve been reading your site for a while now and I have a question regarding the whole “drowsy but awake” point.

    I realise that guides like these are usually written for desperate parents who do the whole bouncy soothing thing so it makes sense that stopping this would be a super important step in teaching your baby to fall asleep on their own. The issue I have is: we never did the bouncy soothing routine (except maybe when our little one was in the carrier and he was supposed to sleep there anyway.) so we always put our baby down awake and we’d soothe him to sleep there. In result whenever I read guides like these I end up a bit stumped like “Okay, I always put him down awake – now what?” cause I do notice that our little one probably has developed sleep associations with our soothing methods, namely his pacifier and holding my hand. I mean, he falls asleep pretty easily so I can’t complain too much, but he does have issues going from one sleep cycle to the next (with or without his paci/me in place doesn’t even matter) and I am not sure how I can help him learn how to self soothe and continue sleeping cause from what I understand it always comes back to how you get your baby to sleep in the first place.

    We do have a good routine in the evening and it helped to get him to fall asleep within less than 15 minutes. But I just don’t know where to go from here to get him drowsy but not asleep so he can learn how fall asleep on his own. Any ideas?

    • Janelle Reid says:

      Hi @Sabrina, thanks for writing and good question! Sleep associations are tricky, and you are so right – it is so easy to replace one sleep association with another. We have a free guide available with some tips that may help you teaching your son to go to sleep independently. Here is the link to sign up to download it if you are interested: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-through-night-free-ebook/
      I hope the guide helps! If you find you need more specific information on breaking sleep associations we also have a variety of ebooks and options to even speak to a sleep consultant which you can read about all of those options here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
      Thanks for visiting the Baby Sleep Site!

  2. Such an interesting topic! As I see, babies, especial new born babies, it is hard to creat sleeping habit for them like adult people. I used to think a lot about how to help my niece sleep when we sleep and not get up while we still in bed.
    I kinda excited with your idea you give that ” cue baby that it’s time to sleep” I never try it before but I am sure that it will work with babies, Thank for your sharing!

    • Neosha says:

      @Julie – You’re very welcome! We’re glad you enjoyed our article and invite you to keep reading!

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