For months now, LO has only been able to go to sleep if she's been bounced to sleep on our exercise ball. At first, it wasn't a big deal, because within 5 minutes, she'd be passed out. Now, she's so much more alert and aware that it takes even longer for her to fall asleep and then she inevitably wakes up when we try to put her down in the crib, starting the process all over again. All in all, each time she goes to sleep, we end up bouncing for 30 minutes to an hour. And with 3-4 naps per day, along with nighttime sleep, that ends up being quite a lot. It's to the point where I've developed chronic pain in my abdomen, which I read is common after a c-section if you're engaging in frequent abdominal muscle contractions (which I am while bouncing), and I just can't go on in pain any longer. I don't need to sleep train insofar as she already sleeps through the night, but I'm thinking that it's going to be necessary to sleep train so that she'll actually go to sleep without this need for bouncing.
What do you guys recommend? I've tried waiting until she's given sleep cues (yawning, rubbing eyes, etc.) and then putting her in the crib, but she just cries incessantly until I eventually can't take it anymore. I'll go up every 5-10 minutes to soothe her, and by 20 minutes out, I just don't have the heart to hear her cry any longer, especially when she gives me those adorable smiles upon seeing my face. Should I just suck it up and power through? Or are there any other alternatives that have worked for you? Thanks in advance for listening and for any insight you might have!
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