Claire is a very curious baby. She wants to take it all in and refuses to close her eyes unless heavily persuaded. She just doesn't want to miss anything. Matt has his effective ways to get her to relax and drift to sleep but his method doesn't work for me. I have one just-shy-of-sure-fire way to get Claire to sleep: put her in the swing and walk around. The best bet is to walk down the stairs (Sunapee appreciates this as otherwise I don't have a chance to take him out). On nice days, I have taken the opportunity to get some sun and fresh air and I walk circles on the back deck. After 20-30 minutes, I can usually transfer her to her bassinet without awakening her. However, I'm not often daring enough to take her OUT of the sling first.