Tanya - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
My 17 year old son has never been big at sleeping. I have been trying anything I can to try to get him to sleep at night.
I have tired putting him to bed as late as I can keep him up before he passes out, putting him to bed as soon as he shows signs of being tired. We have played outside a lot to get fresh air, even whe he goes swimming he will not sleep more than 3 hours at a time before he wakes up to nurse again. And I know he is not needing it, he is just want to use me as a sucky.
He has proven that he knows how to sleep because he has given me a few teaser nights of sleep of 6-8 hours straight through.
I have tired co-sleeping with him, and as an infant it worked great, but now that he is older he things sleeping with mommy and daddy is playtime and he wont go to sleep at all. I also do not agree with putting him in his crib and letting him cry it out for a few hours until he falls asleep on his own. I have tired it a few times, and he gets himself so worked up he pukes, and then it is even harder to get him to sleep.
I am at my wits end and have no idea where to turn next.
I have also tired all the tricks of keeping the room dark, and talking to him in a calm voice, but it doesn't seem to help. Right now he is so wide awake he is sitting in his highchair eating a cooking and watching TV. He is not hungry because he is only taking little bites and more so playing with the cookie.
I really hope this makes sense, I am on 4 or 5 days of very limited sleep! Please help us!!