self-soothe

[ self-sooth ]
/ ˈsɛlfˈsuð /

verb (used without object)

(of an infant or child) to stop fussing or crying, especially at naptime or bedtime, without receiving comfort from a parent or other caregiver: Don’t expect all babies to self-soothe as readily as this little sweetheart.
to comfort oneself when experiencing sadness or distress: I need to go home and self-soothe with a comfy blanket and a large glass of wine.

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Origin of self-soothe

First recorded in 1980–85; self- + soothe
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