“What is this ‘put down the baby drowsy but awake’ thing? It never works!”
Lots of parents ask me this in their effort to try to teach their baby to self settle. Well, ideally, putting down drowsy but awake is when you soothe your baby until he is calm, relaxed with eyes closed and then as you lay him down, he wakes just a little and then drift off to sleep.
That would be in a perfect world. Let’s face it, it doesn’t always work this way.
Depending on how much help your baby needs to go to sleep, for example if he is breastfed or rocked all the way to sleep, you can’t expect him to accept being put down awake the first and only time you try it. Say, if your child is patted to sleep, then the transition to no patting is a lot easier and faster as opposed to a baby who is feeding or rocked to sleep in your arms.
It is important to understand that there are gradual steps from a baby who is sleeping in your arms, to putting him down wide...