Can newborns fall asleep on their own at bedtime?
Although all babies are different, your newborn is too young to expect to be able to fall asleep on her own reliably. This is a skill, though, that she will be able to do as she gets a bit older. You can help her along the way by giving her opportunities to practice that skill. So, if you see that your baby is very sleepy or drowsy but not yet asleep, take that opportunity to put her in her crib while she is awake so she can practice falling asleep on her own. If you consistently put her down in her crib or bassinet when she is already asleep, she won’t have the chance to practice falling asleep independently.About Dr. Robyn Stremler