Your baby is incredibly adaptable and can learn effectively through association. He will start to associate the process of falling asleep with the things that he has been used to experiencing immediately prior to bed-time. By making these things consistent and predictable, their very presence will signify to your baby that it’s time to sleep. For example, playing the same lullaby cd just before bedtime will help baby to associate the music with the process of falling asleep. In time, baby will fall asleep much more quickly each time he hears the music and makes the association. This is a great comforter during the dreaded night-wakings. See the post on Lullabies and Babies for more information.