I hope to God this is just the result of a busy week, but for the last two nights, my 9 month old has woken up at 2:30am crying. When my DH or I go in, he calms when we pick him up, and almost immediately starts to fall asleep in our arms, but then FLIPS OUT if we try to put him down in the crib. This has never been a problem - he's always loved his crib, and gone down just fine. Both nights, it took about an hour and a half of us rocking him, trying to put him down... cries... rocking him again, trying to put him down again...cries... until finally he goes down and sleeps until morning.
I noticed he also started doing this a bit at naptime-- obviously tired, but cries when you try to put him down.
What's the deal? Could this be a form of separation anxiety? Anyone else experience this? We're not advocates of crying it out, so I feel like we have to just keep doing what we're doing... but I just want to hear that it's a SHORT phase!!!
(if it happens again tonight, we're going to bring him to the pediatrician tomorrow..just to make sure something else isn't going on, though he's happy as can be thru the day)