DS - ten months next week - sleeps in his crib (next to our bed) for naps and at night before we go to bed. He wakes just after we get into bed and wants to come in with us. So for the rest of the night we co-sleep.
He is now getting on the large side, and I think that our nocturnal movings are waking him up. It has gotten to the point where he wakes if I roll over, just to make sure I'm not leaving I think. Then of course I have to feed him because he is awake. So I am faced with having to sleep in one position all night or I wake him up! My back is killing me. He will go back to sleep with a cuddle, but only if I sit up and rock him. We have tried a sidecar arrangement but DS was not having a bar of it!
He has a couple of naps during the day. Always wakes at the half hour mark, but I can often get him back to sleep and he will go for another hour. When he first goes down at night and I am not right there he will sleep for up to three hour stretches. This also means that napping with him is a no go as he wakes every fifteen min or so, and I end up feeling worse then if I hadn't bothered.
I am keen to get him into his crib for the night... I think it will help us all to sleep a bit better. Problem is that if we are in the bed next to him he just LOOSES IT if I try and put him in the crib. I dont really want to put him in another room. He is still waking to feed, (on top of the other wakings) so dont really want to be faced with a walk down the hall a few times a night! Besides, I like having him close.
I think that separation anxiety may have started too... so that does make it harder.
Something has got to change though. He is awake every half hour (or more) and it can take up to an hour to get him asleep again. I am seriously only getting about an hours sleep all up. I just cant keep this up any longer. I feel terrible because I do love having him in bed with us. Nothing nicer than a good snuggle. But something has got to change. I simply cannot function on so little sleep and DS is obviously still tired when he gets up in the morning.
So any advise or ideas would be appreciated. I have been doing 'The No Cry Sleep Solution' for the last couple of months. There has been success as far as he no longer needs to fall asleep on the breast........ but it has not made a difference to how often he wakes up, as she said it would in the book (yeah I know, all babies are different and all that good stuff... I did have high hopes though).
Any ideas from those who have made the transition. Obviously because I am on this site I am not interested in CIO. I dont care if it takes awhile. Oh, and DH is willing to help.... but DS is unimpressed with his attempts.
Thanks. Sorry this is so long.