learning to self soothe to sleep
I have a 10 week old who is exclusively breastfed. He's got into the habit of falling asleep on the breast at bedtime and for naps. Lots of people are telling me this is a problem and he should be learning to self soothe. At bedtime we have a bath, pyjamas on, baby massage if he wants and then he intensively feeds for anything up to hour and a half. I let him stay asleep on my nursing cushion after he's finished, for up to half an hour then move him to bed.
We haven't established a definite time for napping but roughly tends to be mid am, then just after lunch and sometimes mid afternoon but this can be very random. Again he tends to fall asleep on the breast but can wake up when I try and put him down, or he'll fall asleep in the car if I go out, or in the buggy/carrier if I have to walk the dog. I do try and watch for signs of tiredness - yawning, staring, pulling at face, but when I put him in the cot he'll lie there happily wide awake for up to 30/40 minutes, after this he'll get upset.
Any tips/advice on how I can help my little one fall asleep independently when I put him down in the cot would be gratefully received.
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