Ah... then J (my J ) can do that. I think. Like at midnight or so, when I go to sleep, he will have being laying in the bed sleeping for two hours or so at that point. I always put a fresh diaper on him at that point to maximize my sleep time. So I change his diaper and he opens his eyes an looks around and fusses a tiny bit. By the time I've put the old diaper in the pail and come back to bed, he's asleep. Same goes for during the night: sometimes he doesn't want to nurse back to sleep. He'll just lie there quietly and then fall asleep. So I guess that is self-soothing? Whatever it is, I think it makes me lucky! Never had a baby do that before.
FWIW Dr Sears says this about it especially with regard to sleeping: "While some babies are self-soothers, being able to resettle easily and quickly without outside help, others (especially those high-need babies with more persistent personalities) need a helping hand (or breast, or whatever tool you can muster up at 3:00 a.m.)" and "NIGHTTIME PARENTING LESSON #2:
Some babies need help getting back to sleep.