My nightly routine with Mia: After bath, stories, and a lullaby, I put her down fully awake, she rolls over, turns her little head to the side, and falls asleep. At 5 months, Bianca still needed lots of rocking and patting to sleep, so this independent sleep stuff is pretty amazing to me. Mercifully, Mia didn't need any "sleep training"--she came out of the womb with all the skills she needed.
However, one little speedbump: Miss Mia likes to doze off on her back, but she can't sleep that way for long. Exactly 15 minutes after closing her eyes, she'll kick her chubby little legs straight up and jolt awake. I generally plop her down and leave (my presence seems to annoy her while she's trying to fall asleep) but I creep back in 10 minutes later to flip her over. I don't mind one bit. It's a small favor for my little indie sleeper.
It's a delicate buisness, baby flipping. I have to time it exactly right. I tiptoe in silently, avoiding the squeaky floorboards, and use a light touch to quickly roll her with paci intact.
"Hold on, gotta go flip the baby!" is right up there on the list things I never thought I'd say as a parent. I was discussing this with a group of moms the other day. "Don't lick the toilet!" was mentioned. "Don't put your feet in your sister's mouth!" is something I found myself saying this week, along with "Sweetie, high chairs aren't made for cats."
So, I can add "baby flipper" to my parental resume. Wonder what skill I'll develop next. :)