Ok. So the only reason I asked is because I would not have coped had it been my first. I was only abke to do this with him because I figured out he was just protesting and being a big pia. What I'm getting at is, it is much harder to be tough when it's your first. A tiny bit easier (still makes me want to cry) when its a subsequent child. Lol
I had to do tough love and just let him scream it out (it wasnt completely constant, he would stop every 5-10ish minutes to listen for me if I was coming, then start again). Even to the point of hysterics (which I hated) but it was the only thing that helped a little. I just could not spend all.night every night in there with him trying to get him to sleep.
I basically would go in there 2 times to re-settle. Onlya picking him up to calm him, then pit him straight back down (at which point he would scream. I woukd pat him for about 2 minutes (while he was screaming) then walk out. (And before anyone gets up in arms, I had spent weeks comforting for hours and hours with no change) I just realised that his screaming was protesting. That was it. His sister would just cry for a few minutes on and off and then fall asleep.
Eventually he got a bit better but what completely solved it was time. And him getting sick a few weeks ago and now because he is so tired and still sick, I can put him in bed awake and he goes all on his own. I also started putting him in a sleeping bag when he started the screaming. Didnt help. Lol
He also would never take any sleep aid. Ever. Even from birth. He hated everything I gave him as an association of sleep.
Still, I really hope you find something that helps. It is such a sucky thing to go through. But definitely try getting someone else to do it and you get out of the house. Lol (sorry for the novel haha)
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