Persuading babies that they are ready to sleep is a parenting challenge. Our son is suspicious, nay, alert, when he senses we want him to sleep. This is where the mind tricks appear... for parents, not babies.
1. I don't want to go to sleep anyway. I imagine my baby has invited me to an exclusive series of midnight discos and singing workshops (those slow campfire songs come into their own here), or chances to build core strength cuddling him on one of those birthing balls. I focus on how much I want to stay up all night celebrating with him and it would be better if he was awake to enjoy it with me. He may relax as there is no pressure on him to sleep. He may do exactly what he did before but I feel like it was my idea. ;-)
2. My baby is already asleep. How relaxing! This is the other approach. I noticed that eventually, once I felt the small vibrant one loll slumbering against me on the ball, I held him differently. My shoulders uncurled a bit, my breathing deepened, I didn't clutch him so anxiously. So I tried holding him like this at the start of bouncing him to sleep, so he could feel my body sending mellow vibes.
What do you think? Have you found accepting a similar situation or reassuring yourself it's already fine have helped you?
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