I am (desperately!) seeking some help regarding my 8 mth old's sleep habits. I have been partially co-sleeping with him from about 8 weeks old (he used to start the night in his bassinet, and I would transfer him to bed with me when I was too exhausted to sit up to nurse anymore!). However, once he outgrew his bassinet, we tried to transfer him to his crib, which has not worked. He will fall asleep (nursing, rocking etc) and transfer to his crib, but will only stay asleep for a max. of 1.5 hrs, which is a long stretch. He usually wakes at least 3-4 times before midnight, at which point I bring him to bed with me. At my husband's insistence, we tried a 'moderated' version of CIO (stayed in room rubbing back etc. while he screamed in crib), but after a mth. of ltd. success, I said enough. I am a big believer in responding to his needs, parenting him to sleep etc., but would like him to sleep for longer stretches, as I feel he might not be getting enough sleep. He also only naps for a max. of 40 mins (typically only 30, 2x/day) unless I lay down with him and soothe him back to sleep before he fully wakes. His sleep habits are a real source of tension btw. my husband and I, as he feels I am "coddling" him, and therefore he will never learn to sleep on his own. Anyone else experiencing similar issues? Any suggestions/tips/help would be so appreciated.
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No sleep for 8 mth old...or his mom...