DS sleeps like a rock from 7:30pm on, but every.single.morning he's up between 5-5:30. If he were wide awake, I'd just accept that he's an early riser and deal with it. However, he's still super tired and I know he's not really ready to wake up. I'm just not sure how to approach it though. Up until recently I was feeding him a small bottle (3-4oz) then laying him back down. He would immediately put himself back to sleep, and would sleep until around 7am. In the last month though, he throws a fit when I lay him back down and wants me to rock him and hold him while he sleeps. If I try to lay him down, he immediately wakes up and screams bloody murder. In the past week I've stopped feeding him at this time, but he's still waking and will only go back to sleep if I hold him and rock him. DH tells me to not go in at all and just let him CIO, but I've tried this and he doesn't go back to sleep. He literally cries and cries until it eventually gets to be 6:30 and I have to get him up anyway. I just can't continue to do this though...it's been going on for months and something has to change. So WWYD?
Let it continue and hope he outgrows it? Feed him a small bottle, then lay him back down to CIO? Don't go in at all and let him CIO? Some other option I'm not thinking of? (Oh, and changing his bedtime doesn't make a difference either.)