How long have you tried putting him down without rocking him? I think it takes time for babies and kids to unlearn a behavior.
Hi Anitha! First of all, I’d like to suggest that if rocking him to sleep works and is something you enjoy, then you don’t “have” to stop. Different families have different routines and the important part is that the routine works for you. If you are ready to transition out of this phase, however, understand that it may take some effort. Patterns are already established so switching them may result in some tears. I would suggest first trying to put him down after rocking to sleepy but not asleep. Then perhaps transition to a set amount of time or a set amount of time spent rocking and reading – establishing a different but still predictable routine. For example, if you begin reading three books while rocking, and then put him in his crib, he will eventually learn that this is your new pattern. The key to bedtime is routine, and you have one, so planning what you want the new one to look like, and then sticking to it will make the transition easier.