Drowsy But Awake

Why “Drowsy But Awake” isn’t a thing in the world of baby sleep!

You may have heard this advice before, but the truth is, it doesn’t work for most babies. The idea is that you help your little one become heavy-eyed but still awake so they can fall asleep on their own in the cot. However, drowsiness is actually the first step in the sleep cycle, so you can’t be drowsy and awake at the same time!

Instead, I teach the Leave and Check and Stay in the Room methods in my 1:1 sleep sleep support. These methods help your child learn to become drowsy on their own and fall back asleep easily and confidently all night long.

So, what should you do instead?

After your baby’s bedtime routine, put them in the cot 100% wide awake and alert. This will help them learn to fall asleep on their own and avoid relying on external crutches like being nursed or rocked. If you’re struggling with a fussy baby at bedtime, try incorporating one of these tips for a few days at a time until you find a routine that works for you and your little one.


Remember, putting your baby in the cot awake is the key to successful sleep training and a good night’s sleep for everyone!

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