I am asking for advice on behalf of a dear friend of mine. Her son is 22 months old and has never slept a whole night without waking up.
She's been a single mum for about a year now and she hardly sees FOB these days. So she doesn't get a break.
I have babysat her son before and he has a great time with me and DS. I have offered her to have him sleep over for a night, but he can't as he's still breastfed and will scream booooooobieeeeee all night if she leaves him with me. All because she still breastfeeds him to sleep. She's now terrified of weaning him because of this.
She works part time and is absolutely exhausted right now. He wakes up about 3-5 times each night. He doesn't cry often, he just gets up and walks into her room and starts talking to her. So she puts him in her bed to get some sleep. She doesn't want to put him in her bed and co-sleep, but its the only way she'll get an hour or 2 sleep.
She has tried chamomile tea, tissue salts, strict bedtime routines, massages, etc. Nothing works.
I have advised her to ring Tresillian and have a chat with them, but she never has time to do so because she works.
Does anyone have any other ideas or suggestions she might be able to try? I am thinking that if he gets to sleep through for a few nights in a row, his body clock will kick in and keep it up.