Ethan is mostly rocked or nursed to sleep, which isn't ideal, but usually easiest. But the last two nights he has fallen asleep on his own, and I'd love for it to continue! I nurse him in bed, in the dark, and he always drifts off. But then I can tell his tummy hurts and needs to burp. I used to try and burp him without really waking him, but now I don't take as much care. He'll wake up, burp, and then I put him in his bassinet. After 5 minutes of kicking around, he falls asleep by himself. I really hope he keeps it up, because I hate to have him rely on nursing or rocking.
For naptime I usually am wearing him, so that is like rocking. He likes it when I place one hand on his head to snuggle it into my chest, and use the other hand to pat his bum
S has an easy, noticeable trigger when she is ready to nap or sleep. When she is with me, I'll hold her tight and give her a pacifier till she starts to drift off. I try to put her down when she is 80% out so she can start learning to fall asleep independently.
If she wakes up, I go in there and give her the pacifier back, put on hand on her cheek and one on her belly and it comforts her back to sleep.
Marshall does all of the above, depending on his mood. Sometimes he'll fall asleep without any nursing or rocking, which is great. Other times he needs some of both. I'm not too concerned yet as he has gone to sleep alone. He LOVES is car seat and will often fall asleep in it before we even make it downstairs to the car. :P
So jealous of that Heather - Ethan HATE HATE HATES the car. As soon as he goes in the carseat he gets mad. He cries pretty much everywhere we drive. Eventually he falls asleep after crying for a while. Poor dude. So hard for me to run errands too!
Night #3 - took longer tonight. Last two nights he fell asleep in 5 minutes. Tonight it was more like 40 minutes. But he didn't cry at all. He just talked, and kicked, and made some whiny noises, but never got really upset. I went in twice to pick him up and rock him a bit and make sure he didn't still have to burp. Then I lay him back down. Now all is quiet so I think he is out.
Ya, sometimes he smiles when we put him in his car seat. I think he's just happy we're leaving him alone! LOL.
I went out for dinner tonight so hubby put M to bed on his own about an hour after I last fed him. Wow! Go daddy!