Learning to Self-Soothe

If you’ve been rocking or nursing your child to sleep and want to change your bedtime routine, you may go through an unsettled period as he adjusts.

If your child wakes at night and expects to be rocked back to sleep, you may need to shift gradually over the course of several weeks from rocking (or nursing) in a chair, to patting her on her back while she’s in her crib or saying “hush, time to sleep” from the door, and so on.

Try to be patient with this. Your child may need to learn to fall asleep on his own when he wakes, and that takes time.

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