I have heard the phrase "self-soothing techniques" in several places, but I'm still a little confused about it. These are ways baby learns to keep himself calm, right? Like sucking on thumb/fingers/fist or ... Well, I don't know what else, which is why I'm posting.
What are the different kinds of self-soothing techniques?
Can I teach them to baby, or does he just pick them up on his own?
My other concern is if these "techniques" are just what eventually happens if you just leave the poor kid to cry it out and he eventually stops crying. Cuz that really doesn't seem nice.
On the other hand, if he wakes up in the night (or day) just needing to suck to get back to sleep (which he sometimes does, I think, cuz he won't take the breast but only my pinky finger on those occasions, and he usually falls asleep nursing or sucking dad's pinky to begin with), it would sure be nice if he could suck on his own fist or do something else to make himself feel better, especially when I can't get to him right away, like when we're in the car.
If anybody has any ideas, I'd really appreciate it. TIA!