So to put her to sleep, I resort to patting her even up to 1 year old. Sometimes I pat her a little hard that I am not sure if she was knocked out or being comforted to sleep.
Sometimes we resort to tickling her ear...which she loves it so much.
It actually took me a while to realize that just like anyone else, she probably needs to be flipped side to side to get comfy enough to fall asleep.
So nowadays after some light play time on bed, when she starts fussing, I put her to her side. If she fusses, I flipped her to the other side. Repeat few times and rinse.
Every now and then during the night, Kaelyn will cry out. It's her signal to flip her to the other side or on her back. I used to just try to pat her back to sleep. I didn't have the thought that she is tired when sleeping on 1 side. Silly dad.
Another thing, my helper calls Kaelyn a penguin. She now needs the air condition to sleep well (I know...pampered right?) and while my helper shivers under her blanket, Kaelyn just sleeps, sometimes without her blankie.
Now to fall asleep quicker, I use a hand fan to provide a light breeze onto her back. She loves it as this additional breeze calms her further and lure her to sleep. Talk about getting a princess treatment...