I mentioned in one of the previous threads about sleep that DD hasn't been sleeping well te past few nights. This week is not the week I try sleep training, since I have longer than usual commutes due to some off site audits, plus two 12 hour days in a row because of an extra shift at my part time job, AND I'm going to a concert the day before that.
Anyway, every sleep training method I know of says to put your baby down drowsy but awake. Here's my problem though: DD essentially does not have a "drowsy bit awake" except when she is actively nursing. If I try to put her down then, she will freak put because she's still hungry, and I obviously cannot deprive her of food.
It doesn't really make sense for me tO purposely wake her up when she's sound asleep after nursing, but even if I did, her window of drowsy but awake is so short that it may as well not exist. When I put her down for naps during the day, if it doesn't coincide with her needing to eat, we will lie down together with her on top of me and listen to music. She goes from wide awake to out cold so quickly that I wouldn't be able to get her to her crib before she actually falls asleep.
I'm really hoping this is a phase that will work itself out before the week is over, or we will have to consider trying sleep training, but I'm just wondering if anyone else has had to resort to putting baby down wide awake or puttin baby down asleep and only using sleep training techniques for night wakings.
My other concern is this: we would essentially need it to be something that works over the course of a weekend, because the sleep deprivation has the potential to become dangerous since DH has a 2 hour commute each way two days a week and I have to drive DD to my parents' house on the way to work. We don't have an opportunity to make up for lost sleep during the day, so there is a very real danger that one of us could fall asleep behind the wheel, and I don't want to put us or DD in harm's way in the name of sleep training. And I burned up all my vacation time during maternity leave, so it's not like I can just take a week or two off and have DH sleep at his parents' house while we do it. [Only way he'd get sleep, since the handful of times I've decided to wait five or ten minutes to see if DD will calm down, it escalates to the point that you'd think she was being tortured, so not only would leaving her to cry feel cruel, but there is nowhere for either of us to hide from the screaming to get some sleep.]
Anyway, sorry this is so long, I'm just trying to figure out a game plan for this weekend in case it comes down to having to try some sort of sleep training, and since DD goes back and forth between wide awake and fast asleep so quickly, I can't really follow conventional advice in that regard and I'm hoping someone else here has been on my shoes and found success in a way that doesn't involve their child screaming until he or she passes out from sheer exhaustion.