Start out w/a bedtime routine. Bath, Massage, Nurse/Bottle, rock while feeding baby in a very peaceful, dark (have a night light) and quiet room. Maybe have some soft music on. Just make the room as relaxing as possible. Then put your baby in the bed when he's drowsy but still awake. If you rock your baby to sleep, then he will get used to having you rock him to sleep every night. And when he wakes up in the middle of the night (after he's done with his middle of the night feedings) he'll be looking for you to rock him back to sleep. When you put him down when he's drowsy yet still awake, he'll learn to put himself to sleep as well as learn to put himself back to sleep in the middle of the night if he happens to wake up. I have done this same thing w/both of my kids since they were 2 weeks old and I have never had any sleep issues with them. **Be consistent with this routine even if you think it's not working. It will!
at 11:42 AM on Jun. 24, 2009