Emily - posted on 11/06/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )
My son has always been a problem sleeper unless he is nestled up against me. I believe in the value of cosleeping, and we do cosleep when I am in bed, but I can't be with him for naps or during the first part of his night since he goes to bed at 6:15.
Teaching him to sleep in his crib for those first hours was a real challenge. In theory, I do NOT believe in crying it out. However, my son would not learn to sleep any other way. Going in to sooth him would only reset his clock and start him crying again, and we do not have a dad around to partner with me. I tried every modified technique in the book for weeks when he was around 4-5 months old before finally just letting him learn to sleep on his own. Within days, he was set. I established a pattern of bringing him to bed with me around 9:30.
Now, he is 9 months old and experiencing all kinds of transitions. He learned to speed crawl recently, and can pull himself up to standing and furniture surf on practically anything. Those things combined with what must be teething have conspired to make it really hard for him to sleep again. In addition, I have finally started to want to get out of the house after he gets to sleep, and have a new roommate who can stay home with him.
I have three problems: first, not only does he have a very hard time going to sleep now, but he can pull himself up to standing, which really makes going back to sleep a problem. Second, I need my son to learn how to stay asleep longer, since I know he does not need to eat at 9:00. Third, it's time for him to nurse less at night overall. He has been waking up a TON and I know at 9 months he does not need to nurse 5 times at night.