For the life of me, I’m at a loss for getting Hudson to fall asleep on his own. Ok, he’s only 4 weeks old, so I know I technically shouldn’t have any expectations for him to fall asleep on his own quite yet, but I don’t want to start any nasty habits if they can be avoided.
A little rundown for you. Lately, he’s been awake more often, and often he likes to fall asleep taking a bottle or being held. We do let him spend time on the floor on his play mat, or in the swing or bouncy seat. He can fall asleep in the swing just fine (although that, too, is a habit I don’t want to depend on).
During the day I try to put him in his bed to nap, regardless of where he falls asleep. Sometimes he does fine and transfers just fine, but other times (like today, for example) he wakes up within minutes of being put in his bed. Then, within minutes of being picked up, he’s out like a light again. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. This often happens a lot at his 3am feeding (which has been taking us- err…. me- until 4/4:30am ish to get him back to sleep). Usually, when it happens in the middle of the night I put him in bed swaddled real tight and rub his head, pat his butt (sometimes we lay him on his side to sleep), and shhh-shhh-shhh him. But, c’mon… at 3:30am jumping through those hoops to get him to sleep isn’t exactly what I want to be doing.
Today I tried laying him in his bed and letting him fall asleep on his own but he only ended up fussing and getting very agitated. I’ve tried laying him down drowsy (when his eyes are just starting to close) and he always seems to startle himself or wake back up a few minutes later.
What should I be doing? At this age, does it matter how they fall asleep? I can’t remember how we did it with Porter. I’m not sure exactly what we should or should not be doing as far as getting Hudson to sleep.