This is my third boy who has been a non-sleeper and we have survived the first two, so I know we will get there eventually. I am so sleep deprived though that I get very cross with him at times, and the "loving and supportive" environment goes out the window when I get so tired and frustrated with him. He sleeps in the bed with me as it has turned out to easier for me not having to get out of bed to the cot all the time.
My question is how can I associate going back to sleep with something other than getting out of bed to rock him (takes 1/2 an hour to 2 hours or more) or feeding him back to sleep. I don't mind feeding him back to sleep, but I hate doing it so frequently. Every 2 hours would be acceptable, at least I get a little sleep between feeds. The other thing is that he has a dry nappy in the morning, meaning he's not feeding, just sucking. He won't take a dummy, he thinks it's a toy.
I don't want to do sleep training to him, but it is getting to crisis point. I have no support so there is no one to take him during the day to give me a break. I ended up with post natal depression after my last baby and don't want to go there again.
Thanks for any suggestions.