Christina - posted on 07/07/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
I have a 15 week old who is still crying himself to sleep for at least 20 minutes almost every nap and at bedtime. He is so happy and attentive and fun any other time of the day, but when he gets tired and I try to put him down (in the swing for naps) we begin the crying cycle.
The list of stuff he hates when he's decided to fight sleep:
swaddle (yes, I'm doing it right)
I think that pretty much covers everything I can possibly use. Things he likes when crying are going outside and bouncing on the yoga ball, but those don't put him to sleep. Sometimes I do the PU/PD routine - he cries and fights me when I pick him up, so I put him down, and he cries harder, so I pick him up again, and so on and so on. Sometimes Daddy just bounces him on chest until he cries himself out. Sometimes if he's only doing the light fussy cry we leave him in the swing with just a hand on the chest. Every 5-10 minutes or so I give him the opportunity to nurse (even if it's only been an hour since the last time)...he usually refuses and cries harder.
So basically, my question is, when do babies grow out of this stage? Please tell me it's soon... He has to go to daycare in a month and I'm really afraid for him. I'm also wondering if this is still going to be going on at 6 months, and if CIO would work then.