I have a 4 month-old and a 29 month-old. For the past few weeks, it's been really really hard to get my baby girl to nap with her active brother around. The sound of his voice wakes her up. We live in a very small apartment so I don't have the luxury of putting her to sleep in a separate room and giving her total and absolute quiet. Plus, she wakes up the minute I put her down in her bassinet, after nursing her.
Also, my son no longer takes regular naps. Not surprising, since he has NEVER been a good sleeper. So I am not able to sleep when they both sleep. I used to be able to nurse my son to take naps, but that was a long time ago. He also has a very hard time falling asleep on his own at night. I was so desperate that the pediatrician recommended I give him melatonin drops at bedtime, which has helped make him fall asleep, but I would rather not give this to him every night.
The other thing is that I sleep in the family bed between my son and my baby girl. My husband sleeps in a separate room. This routine is ok for now, but I would really like my husband and I to eventually be in the same bed again.
Any ideas on how I can improve my situation? I don't feel I should have to go to bed with my kids at night in order for them to stay asleep.
I am very very tired and frustrated. Someone please help!