NAKing so excuse the typos.
Jen- Sleeping babies. Aidan is mainly a nurse to sleep kind of guy. :LOL He's fallen asleep on his own a few times in the swing and a few times in my arms. Usually when I least expect it. :LOL Like when I'm I talking with someone and just lightly bouncing and swaying him almost absently... next thing I know he's out cold.
And of course I don't know what exactly was the thing that put him out. He still needs to be swaddled to stay asleep otherwise his arms startle and he wakes up again. David hasn't had very good luck at getting Aidan to sleep. He is determined to do the patting and thumping techniques that worked for Tori and still does for Jack. Unfortunately Aidan seems to hate it.
So we end up with meltdown Baby and ticked off Daddy.
And they he gets even more frustrated when I get him to calm down quickly by re-swaddling (David just does pay attention to that enough!) hold him close with his ear near my face and I'll do the "sh-sh-sh" sound with lots of swaying. He will go to sleep sometimes for David when he's laying along David's arm but not so much anymore (mainly when he was a newborn). Aidan has dozed back to sleep on his own a few times but I consider those rare anomallies. :LOL I know of a few people that have been blessed with a baby that they can just lay down and will go to sleep on their own without crying. Again I think of those as anomalies not the norm at all.
Tori would mainly only nurse (or take a bottle) to sleep. When I became pregnant with Jack, nursing in the evening started becoming painful. She was about 16 months old. I gradually had to eliminate that nursing session because it was so painful (I'd be in tears) I started just nursing her for a short time and sitting and rocking with her eventually not nursing at all. If she was still awake I would sometimes lay her down in her crib. She would fuss for as long as it took me to walk from her crib to the door. Then she'd go quietly to sleep within a few minutes. She would only nurse to sleep for a nap, her room was too "bright" and interesting to go to sleep on her own. She was 2.5 before she stopped really nursing to sleep for naps and we were able to get her to lay down and go to sleep "on her own".
Jack also nursed to sleep most of the time, he refused to take a bottle. David was able to get him to go to sleep a few times by sitting and "patting/thumping" on Jack's back with him covered with a blanket. Jack would relax and go to sleep. He still goes to sleep that way pretty quickly. In the last few months we've been able to lay him down in his crib awake and he'll go right to sleep on his own. Even for a nap sometimes now!
Both Tori & Jack we had to cover their faces with a light blanket or go into a dark room. Had to make it "boring" or they wouldn't want to go to sleep.
A lot of things that helped with getting them to sleep were "routines". Certain special things make bedtime easier. Tori has a favorite yellow Classic Pooh blanket "Yellow blanket", her Tiger stuffed cat from BuildaBear, sometimes her Pigwet (a Gund Piglet that Tiger replaced in her 'love') and "Hot Cat" which is a Haba hot water bottle with a cat overlay. Hot Cat is a saving grace. Many times when she hasn't wanted to go to sleep we've given her Hot Cat and she'll be passed out within 5 minutes. Something so soothing about a warm snuggly. Jack has his red fleece blanket and his Radio Flyer Lovey from Little Lounging Lizards and now his Bright Eyes (JoysWaldorfDolls) blue doll that he got for Christmas. We've only used Jack's Haba "Hot Bear" a few times.
We'll probably be using it more this winter.
Aidan only has his Miracle Blanket really for bedtime right now. He hasn't shown an attachment to any particular 'lovey'. We have a Haba "Hot Sheep" for him too. I haven't really used it, I should probably start using it so that there is a warm spot in his bassinet.
My kids really didn't start going to sleep on their own until at least 15+ months old. I wouldn't worry about too much Jen.
HeatherB- Congratulations!! About moving. Make lots of lists of what you need to do. What needs to be packed and when. Get lots of boxes. Pack up all the little knick-knack stuff first. Since you will be putting a lot in storage, make an inventory sheet. Label boxes with number that match your inventory. 8 months from now when you get eveything back out of storage you aren't going remember where everything is and what it is packed with. Try to avoid lableing things "misc." trust me on this one.
Lable your boxes on at least 2 sides. Nothing worse that having the lable turned to the back when you are trying to figure out which box you need out of a stack of 20 boxes. You might consider putting some of the stuff into storage immediately, get it out of the way and out of the space you'll need for the stuff that you'll be packing. That extra month or 2 in storage cost is worth it with the peace of mind it will give you. Nothing worse than getting frustrated by not having a place to put the stuff you are packing. Good luck and try to not get overwhelmed. Consider having a cleaning company do your check out clean up. One less worry for you.
Okay got to go, sleeping baby.
And I need to fix lunch.