Why is it so important for your child to be awake when they go down for sleep?
What does drowsy but awake I look like?
- their eyes are open
- they have not fallen asleep with a bottle or nursing
- they are not 'almost asleep' and they know you are putting them into bed for sleep.
MSD Sleep Tip- it should take your child at least 5 minutes to fall asleep and it could take as long as 20 minutes. If it takes less than 5 minutes, they were too tired , over their sleep window or too drowsy. Once independent sleeping skills are established they are happy to play in their crib or sleeping space during this time.
How to begin?Step one, to helping your child learn to fall asleep from a drowsy but awake state is to change your routine. If you're currently feeding to sleep, move the pre-bedtime feed to the beginning of the routine and feed with the lights on. We don't want to send the message that we go to sleep eating and get drowsy in the dark. You should have about 10 to 15 minutes between the end of feeding and putting your child into bed.
Fill that extra time with lots of closeness and low activities such as reading books, singing or walking around the darkened room. Just make sure you're not cuddling, rocking or singing your lil one to sleep!