The other night, DD ASKED to go to sleep by bringing me the first of the three books we read during her routine. At first, I didn't get it. I thought it's way too early. Then, I looked at the time and it was 7 pm. She wanted to go to sleep 30 min earlier!!
So, I did the routine -- nurse, books, warm bath, dark room for diaper and pjs -- and she was out within an hour.
Tonight it took only 20 minutes!! (The routine always takes about an hour...the actual falling asleep once in the bed took 20 min).
I combined NCSS with Good Night, Sleep Tight (GNST) techniques. NCSS didn't work for us 100%. I learned my baby needs to fuss a little to get to sleep. When I was so determined not to let her make one little peep because I was afraid it would be cio, she could not get to sleep. A little fussing is much different from crying.
A new development is also that she can't get to sleep if I am there, so I stay until she's VERY drowsy and then I leave. She "talks" to herself for a bit and then is silent and asleep.
She now sleeps about 12 hours in a row.
Now I can watch a movie with DH or write or work on a class I'm teaching or just do whatever. I love it -- and we're both getting rest we didn't get before.