You're not alone. This is a really common dilemma for
parents of little babies. Newborns are used to being folded up, tucked,
wrapped and, most importantly, moving
when they sleep. A baby's sense of motion is one of the first senses to
develop—very early in pregnancy a fetus begins to detect movement. That means
she's essentially been sleeping on the go for many months. Now we're asking her
to sleep on a flat, still mattress. So it's understandable that she doesn't
initially like it.
Her little nervous system may not be ready for independent sleep, so respond to her cries if she tells you she needs to be picked up and held or rocked to sleep.
This will change. The key is to continue to put her down in
her regular sleeping place, because one day she'll have the maturity and skills
to sleep well there. If you're not giving her the opportunity to practice, you
may not notice when that day arrives.
Swaddle her (if it helps), do a little nap routine and lay
her down in her crib or bassinet. Just listen and be curious about what might
happen. If it doesn't work, try again tomorrow. Her little nervous system may
not be ready for independent sleep, so respond to her cries if she tells you
she needs to be picked up and held or rocked to sleep. One day that will
change: just be watching and giving her enough space so you can see when it