Banshee - posted on 03/05/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )
My little boy is 6 months old and he can't put himself back to sleep on his own. He cries every time he wakes up (every couple of hours) and will only sleep after a breastfeed or sometimes after a lot of rocking in my arms. My partner and I have taken it in turns to put him back to sleep, sometimes we let him sleep in the pram. I've tried everything from pick up/put down, feeding him extra in the day, having a regular sleep ritual, lots of daytime body contact, lights on/off, nightlight, music. I even tried the crying method where I came back every so often and patted his back, etc but it didn't seem like he would ever stop crying and I got so distressed, the second night his voice got hoarse from crying for over an hour so I abandoned the idea completely. I also tried making his cot a place of happy associations by decorating it with happy images and friendly colours and playing with him in it a little.
Occasionally I can just pop his pacifier in his mouth and he will continue sleeping for a few hours but ideally I would like to stop having to get up regularly throughout the night and actually get a decent sleep for once.
Has anyone had a similar problem? Is there something I am missing?