I kept putting them down in their crib, rather than taking them into bed with me or putting them in their swing, etc. I would rock them until they were very drowsy and then lay them down awake. They would fuss for a few minutes, but then go to sleep. I did this from birth, so it helped that they learned to soothe themselves to sleep while they were still in that newborn very sleepy stage. If they did happen to fuss for more than a few minutes or start crying hard, I would pick them up, comfort them, then as they were about to fall asleep I would lay them back down. It took a lot more time and energy in the beginning but it definitely paid off - all 5 of mine slept in their own cribs in their own rooms, through the night at least 8 hours, by 2 months of age.
at 1:54 PM on Nov. 19, 2010