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With DS, when he was in the bassinet, I'd nurse him & then I'd swaddle him. Then I'd walk him around the dimly lit room till he fell asleep, then put him down. Gradually, I'd walk him less & less, and put him down sooner & sooner, so that he was just drowsy when I put him down.
Then once he was in his crib, we weren't swaddling anymore, so I'd just nurse him, he'd get drowsy from that & I'd be able to just walk him from the glider & right into his crib.
For naps, we used the swing, so that would rock him to sleep.
DD is different since she isn't swaddled & sleeps on her belly. For her, I started with naps, by just putting her in her swing at the first yawn & letting her fuss to sleep. She falls asleep in under 5 minutes. (If there's a case where her fuss escalates to crying, I go back in, take her out & kinda start over.)
So now for nighttime, I can put her down in the bassinet drowsy & she falls asleep w/o fussing b/c I think she got used to falling asleep on her own for naps. She just started this about a week or so ago.
I'm not sure any of that helps since it seems like you're doing bottles & LO is at daycare. But, I guess the main point is to do a routine where you can gradually work toward LO being drowsy, but awake when you put him down. Maybe you can ask your DCP to rock him less & less & see if he starts to go to sleep on his own, or whatever, so that it's consistent with what you're doing at home.
alinich71:For us, when we started doing it, I watched for him to start rubbing his eyes, yawning a lot, or fussing so that I knew he was getting sleepy. We swaddled him up, turned on his white noise, and laid him down in his crib with his pacifier. If he cried, I went in and gave his pacifier back or rubbed his belly until he calmed. We just kept doing this and then leaving the room. Most of the time he didn't need us to go back in, and he would fall asleep 2 or 3 minutes after being put down. Now we are weaning from the swaddle, so sometimes it takes a little more help from us. I think the white noise was key for us. When I turned it on, his eyes would immediately start to flutter shut because I think he associated it with sleep.
This, except we haven't started to wean from the swaddle yet.
If we totally pass over Jack's sleepy cues, like tonight because we got home from a family function too late, I had to swaddle him and jostle him a bit in my arms until he calmed down and relaxed his body a bit.
I still can't put him down drowsy to sleep. He will just wake up screaming in 2 minutes. I have to walk/rock him to sleep and then put him down. I try at least 2-3x a day to put down drowsy and I say it works once every 3 days. It sucks.
He also won't take a soother- I think that would help a bit if he would. I am still trying! But we are finally napping during the day and sleeping past 5am, so some parts of our routine seem to be working!