My 7.5 month old is a pretty awful sleeper. Day naps are never more than 30-odd minutes (although most of the time she'll self-settle) and if I want her to sleep longer I have to keep her in her swaddle and feed her back to sleep on me; I've tried all the resettling techniques and nothing works on her. Nighttimes, she wakes at least twice usually, and it takes a feed to get her back to sleep. And she's busting out of her bassinet but I'm terrified to move her to her cot, as last time I tried it was an epic fail.
DH and I decided last night to try weaning her off one of the night feeds. I did manage to pat her back to sleep once (after DH rocked her and tried putting her down TWICE), but the second time she just wouldn't fall back to sleep and I had to feed her after an hour and a half of rubbish. She winds down and seems like she's going to drop off, then just winds herself back up again. It's so frustrating. Anyway... My question is, I really really need to get her into her cot. So what would you do:
- Chuck her in there tonight and do whatever it takes to get her to sleep there (feeding if necessary)?
- Try to get her to sleep there tonight using any and every technique except feeding until one of us drops from exhaustion?
- Or, try to gradually get her used to taking day naps in there first (which as I said was an epic fail last time)?
Help... We are booked into sleep school, but not til October and she can't wait that long to transition ... and my sanity might not last that long either!