Jack and Sleep. Hmm. They don’t go together as well as say PB & J or butter and popcorn. More like bug spray and mosquitoes, one repels the other. I have tried. Many things. Including reading Dr. Sear Sleep book, Elizabeth Pantley’s No Cry Sleep Solution, Dr. Weisbluth’s Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child, Dr. Ferber’s book, in addition Twelve Hours sleep by Twelve Weeks, also The Baby Whisperer. And tried each technique in succession. Without success. As a result of being an expert on sleep philosophies, we do have a routine before sleep– read a book, darken shades, sing a song, put in crib. Scream and scream and scream. With me in the room patting him. Until he falls asleep an hour later. Sometimes he falls asleep faster. Sometimes it takes over an hour. We have a nap/bed schedule that we generally ascribe to– without being dictatorial– Naps at nine and one. Bed around 7:30. We have always had a routine of sorts. We have tried Cry it out– I couldn’t let him go for longer than say– thirty minutes. But that resulted in him screaming for thirty minutes or an hour every time we went to bed. So we tried patting, Pick up Put down, Baby Whisperer style. Which worked– for about a week and then most recently he has started screaming again– with me patting him in the room. Sleep is a precious commodity. I feel like a mean drill sargeant, demanding sleep when my baby is pleading, tantruming– “no sleep!” But I know he needs it! He also won’t/can’t/hates to sleep in new places– which is hard. With him, there is no “magic bullet.” We have tried giving him a lovey, which he wont’ take, throws it away. Swaddling used to work. Until about four months when it didn’t. Nursing also used to work. Now it sometimes works, but usually he nurses greedily with his eyes closed, finishes, eyes pop open and he swivels to the floor to play.
Any advice– besides
they will eventually sleep (I know that! I want help now)
let him CIO (cry it out) (Tried it, can’t emotionally let him go past thirty minutes) after a month of it not making any difference besides him getting hysterical anytime we got near a crib I gave it up