Tips for putting down drowsy but awake?

My LO always fights sleep and has since the day he was born. Wanting to start putting him down drowsy but awake so he can learn to put himself to sleep. I haven't been trying it for long but every time I put him down he's instantly wide awake. I give him a soother and a couple times he's been able to get to sleep. But more often he doesn't and I end up holding him to sleep anyway. Looking for tips on the drowsy but awake method. Note: he's 3 months so we aren't letting him cry it out yet
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I'm just starting to work on this too. So far I've noticed that if I rub my nose against her nose when i put her down that seems to let her know that she's safe and it's ok to fall asleep.

Okay so I thought this was impossible until my LO hit 3 months and he’s been doing it! I’m not sure if it’s just his development but here’s what I did: 1) be more strict about wake windows. I make sure he’s up for at least 1hr and at most 2hrs so he’s not under or overtired. 2) after playtime try to wind him down before putting him down right away, cuddle him or read a book. 3) be super patient when soothing him, sometimes it can take me almost 30min but when he goes down he‘s tired out and doesn’t fuss, and I can tell he’s still “awake” because he fidgets a bit and might open his eyes slightly but he still goes down! I used to bounce and shush him aggressively and he almost always wakes up when I put him down, and now he doesn’t! I think he just wasn’t “ready” for sleep until I started doing these things. Hope this helps!

So I generally follow two things - give her playtime before putting her down so she sleeps in a few swing rocks. Another one is to massage and tummy time before putting her down. Basically, making her tired physically and mentally is the easiest way she sleeps through

Honestly let mine cry it out for 10 mins before I intervene but he usually gets himself to sleep before then. I rock him until he stops fussing then usually when I put him down he immediately starts to fuss again but then usually within a few minutes he falls asleep.

Same thing, all day, every day! It's like he decided inside the womb that he's had enough sleep 🤔

I'm curious what others have to say as well. I have the exact same struggles as you. My kiddo is 15 weeks today and if I put him in his bassinet drowsy, he'll just wake up and refuse to sleep

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