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    Default Self settling age

    At what age can babies self settle?

    DS is 9 weeks and I help him to settle for sleep and also when he wakes from his sleep cycle by pushing his bassinet back and forth, shushing and patting in his bassinet, however I'm just wondering if I should stop doing this? Or what age should I stop helping him to settle back to sleep?

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    I had dd1 going off to sleep on her own by 5 weeks and dd2 by 3 months (3 weeks corrected). I would put them down awake, pat and "shh shh" if they were grizzling and pick up for cuddles if they were crying.
    Personally, I don't think it's too young to encourage them to get themselves off to sleep, although leaving them to cry is a different story.
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    DS just started to self settle he's 6 months, DD was 16 months old. Just keep going with what works.

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    DS has just started at 18 months.

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    Ds2 is 15 months and can't yet.

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    My DS is 4 years old and still doesn't self settle!! Lol

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    I don't believe in teaching self settling till 2yo+. If a kid does it themselves that's great.

    I still sit in the room to put my two to bed.

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    Ds1 is 4 and still needs help.

    Ds2 started self settling at 3 months.

    Ds3 is 3 months and can fall asleep on his own but can't push thru more than 1 sleep cycle. Fingers crossed that happens soon.

    But anyways the point beingeach child is different. I'd keep trying Op and see how he goes.

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    DD is nearly 8 months and will self settle on occasion. Has done since 2.5 months. She doesn't do it regularly or anything lol

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    DD is 19 months, doesn't self settle. She goes to sleep in my arms on the breast most nights and most naps. If I am at work her dad or our family day care lady cuddle her to sleep.
    Eta- I've really not tried to make her go to sleep any other way as I don't believe in sleep training and this is a healthy, peaceful and gentle method that works for our family. Before the 4 month sleep regression hit, actually a bit earlier, maybe 14 weeks? DD used to happily be swaddled and put down awake in her bassinet but all that went out the window so we just followed her cues. They are little for such a short time so I'm soaking up all the cuddles
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