Cynthia - posted on 07/18/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )
I'm hoping you ladies can help me out. My son is a very active 8 1/2 month old, he is literally on the go all the time because he loves to learn and explore which is great. The only problem with this is that he refuses to fall asleep on his own, he needs to fed to sleep! Before he learned to roll over, crawl and cruise I was able to put him down without feeding him and he would just talk himself to sleep. Now all he will do is roll over and pull himself up into a standing position and cruise his crib, he refuses to sleep no matter how tired he is. I try to put him back down and shh and rub his belly to help him sleep but all he does his shake his head from side to side to ward of sleep and get back up all over again. I'm at my wits end here. I don't want to have to feed him in order for him to sleep especially now that he is cutting his first tooth. I play soothing music, used white noise, he has a stuffed toy as his "luvie" and the room is completely dark. I'm not really comfortable with the CIO method so I do not want to resort to that (please keep the negative comments about the CIO method at bay, this post is not about that), I've also tried the "No Cry Sleep" method the "Pick Up Put Down method" all with no luck. I'm afraid the bottle is the only thing that will relax him enough to sleep. This goes on for both his naps and bedtime. I keep a consistent routine of bath, reading a book and bottle and snuggle time; I did try baby massage for a bit but he's not a fan of it. He's usually asleep by the time the bottle is half finished. I've also tried rousing him just enough before I put him in his crib but then as soon as his head hits the mattress he gives me that mischievous grin and I know that's it, he's going to roll over and get up. He's such a monkey...lol. Help! I am desperate for advice! Is anyone else have a LO who refuses to sleep unless they are being fed?