5 month baby nap/night routine
My baby will be 5 months old this week. He was colicky, so we got into the habit of walking him around, shushing and patting him before every nap and at bedtime. (When he was colicky, only movement seemed to settle him.) Our naptime routine is: diaper change, into his sleep sack, book, lullaby, lights out, walking around shushing till asleep, put in bassinet.
My issue is that I don't know how to get him to learn to self soothe to sleep. He is a big baby, 19 lbs., and it's getting hard for me to carry him around for 20+ min before every nap. I've tried to put him down drowsy, but he just cries till I pick him back up. When I put him down asleep, sometimes he wakes up within 3-5 minutes, so then I have to pick him up and walk him around until he's asleep again. (And other times he goes down and sleeps for 1.5-2 hrs.) I don't want to leave him to cry it out, and I don't think he's overtired because I get him upstairs for our nap routine at his very first sleepy cue, which is usually 1 hr 30 min. (I watch him like a hawk!) His night sleep is pretty good. 10 hrs straight with only a few night wakings a week.
How do I help him learn to soothe to sleep when he's used to all this help to fall asleep now?
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