Elizabeth - posted on 09/25/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )
My son had been going to sleep within a half an hour after bedtime ritual (snack, bath, book, bottle) About half the time he would fall asleep if we put him awake in his crib; the other half, he would need us to rock him sometimes need us to sing as we rocked. Either way, he would spend some time letting go of his extra energy with a complaining type cry, but he would fall asleep within a half hour.
Now it takes a minimum of two hours for him to fall asleep. It began the day he started trying to get himself to a standing position. Even though he mastered getting himself to stand and cruising along furniture, he didn't stop fighting sleep.
If he is still awake, the instant he is put in his crib, he gets to a standing position even if he can barely keep his eyes open, he will cruise if he is more awake, when he is tired he will cry a cry similar to a scared cry. If we rock him, he will almost fall asleep, then he will bolt up and try climbing up us, or twisting out of our arms (and the little bugger is strong.) It is a pattern of really tired and almost asleep, then wide awake on and off for 2+ hours.
We start putting him to bed as soon as the area under his eyes start to darken. (first subtle sign of being tired) He is not too hot or cold. We have lights lowered near bedtime.
I am NOT willing yet to let him cry it out and therefore ask respectfully that you do not recommend that. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.