My daughter is 13 weeks old, very occasionally she puts herself to sleep but mostly she has to be rocked to sleep. However every time my husband or I starts to cradle her, she cries and screams for about 3-5 minutes. If I put her up on my shoulder she stops crying, but then we have no chance of getting her to sleep as she just wants to look around at everything. We usually persevere with cradling her and rocking, walking and singing and she eventually calms down but by then she has herself so worked up that there is no chance of being put in the cot awake and we have to rock her all the way to sleep. It doesn't matter how long she's been awake for, e.g. This morning she woke up at 8am and at exactly 9am I gave her a cuddle and slowly dropped her down into my arms and the crying started immediately. I get the same reaction when she's been awake for longer as well!