My 6 month old slept only in a car seat until a week and a half ago. He accepted the transition of sleeping in his crib relatively easily (had to use some transitioning props), however now he only sleeps for an hour and a half to 2 hours at the most and wakes up.
I can not put him to bed "drowsy but awake". He can be drowsy, eyes half closed, I put him in the crib and he is wide awake, crying, which turns to wailing, which leads to flailing his arms and legs, which leads to me picking him up AGAIN to try and sooth him to start all over. He prefers to nurse to sleep.
Are there just babies out there who cannot self sooth and put themselves to sleep?
I will NOT do the cry it out method. I am so desperate for someone who knows what to do to come over to my house at night and show me what to do! Or at least to tell me how much protesting is normal. When he screams and cries, he can NOT be soothed by singing, patting, shhing, music, NOTHING, but picking him up. What in God's name can I try??? In case the advice is to get him to nap more (I know good naps lead to good night sleep), please tell me how to do that, too!!!
I was at home with him for the first 6 months and he nursed to sleep 2 - 3 times a day. As long as I held him he took half hour to 2 hour naps. Now I am back to work. How can the dad and baby sitter get the poor thing to take naps???
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