Will went back and forth for a little while, between waking once during the night and sleeping through. But after about a week of that he decided to go in a different direction. So now he’s back to waking 4-6 times a night. And let me just tell you, it SUCKS. Still no teeth, so we can’t blame that, he was sick for a few days but he’s better now so we can’t blame that. I think it’s just time to admit that this kid is an awful sleeper. AWFUL.
First of all, he fights sleep Every. Single. Time. Most days it takes me 3 or 4 attempts to get him to go down for a nap, and bedtime is ridiculous. He gets tired around 8. But does he go to sleep then? Oh, definitely not. He fusses. He whines. He nurses. He cries. He nurses. He drifts off… Then eyes pop open and he cries. He isn’t happy being held. Or rocked. Or cuddled. Or on the floor. He won’t nurse. Or take a bottle. He rubs his eyes. He sucks his finger. He fusses. He cries. He whines. And this goes ON AND ON. Usually for 2 hours or longer. I would be less annoyed by all that if it meant some real, actual sleep. But it doesn’t. Often he’ll wake up the first time less than an hour after he finally goes down. Naps aren’t any better. I feel lucky if he sleeps for an hour and a half. I am at a loss here. We even tried letting him cry one night to see if he’d wear himself down. 10 minutes of crying and he worked himself up so much we couldn’t get him to settle down for another hour. So that’s definitely not the way to go. He’s nine months old now, but I still feel like I have a newborn. What do you do with a kid who won’t sleep?