Definition of self-soothing in US English:

self-soothing

noun

  • 1The action of a young child ceasing to cry without being comforted by a parent or caregiver, in particular when left to fall asleep on their own.

    ‘in order to encourage self-soothing, parents can provide baby with a consistent nighttime ritual’
    1. 1.1 The action of calming or comforting oneself when unhappy or distressed.
      ‘yoga methods for stress reduction and self-soothing’

adjective

  • 1(of a young child) able to stop crying without being comforted by a parent or caregiver, in particular when left to fall asleep on their own.

    ‘self-soothing babies generally sleep longer each night’
    1. 1.1 (of actions, behavior, etc.) enabling a person to comfort themselves when unhappy or distressed.
      ‘clinical experience has already shown that art is self-soothing’

Pronunciation

self-soothing

/ˌsɛlfˈsuðɪŋ//ˌselfˈso͞oT͟HiNG/