Out (otherwise) healthy and happy (almost) 5 month old has had a terrible time sleeping lately and we could really use some help.
Here's what we do (for the past month or so):
Last nap ends at 5 at latest (all naps in his crib with drawn shades)
Nursing at 6:30 followed by bath/massage, story, song, and white noise machine
In bed awake (but tired) at about 7
Dream feed at 10 or so
Room is at 68 degrees and he sleeps in medium weight pjs and a medium weight sleep sack
Here's what he does:
Cries the minute we put him in his crib and for about five minutes before he falls asleep. (same at all of his naps)
Cries about every half hour to an hour for about five minutes until 2, then every hour to two hours for longer.
Our doctor suggested that we may have been over-responding, so we don't go in there if he's only been complaining for 5-10 minutes. Sometimes he will go back to sleep on his own, but sometimes it takes an hour. Comforting him only seems to make him angry. My husband and I take turns checking on him if it's been a long jag. I try not to nurse him before 4, but the doctor says (since he's a good eater and gaining weight fine) that he "shouldn't need to nurse before 6 am."
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My friends and bumpies who have tried extinction/controlled crying say that it is better or fixed in 3 days. He used to sleep 7-8 hours at a time, but this has been going on for two months. Last month, we tried co-sleeping and a no-cry method. Made everything much worse and he wouldn't fall asleep without nursing (even if only a minute.)