For the last week my 6.5 month old daughter has been waking between 12-1am, having a bottle then staying awake for at least an hour. At first she wants to smile and laugh, we don't acknowledge her attempts to get our attention and keep things very quiet and dark with lots of shh-ing, then after a while of trying to get her back to sleep, it turns into hysterical screaming. The only way we've had success getting her back to sleep (and staying asleep) is to put her in bed with us. If we let her fall asleep in our bed then take her to her cot, she wakes up hysterical not long after. Neither of us sleep well with her in our bed so co-sleeping really isn't a long term option for us. We're trailing weaning her off her swaddle at the moment (only since today) as I thought maybe if she can put her dummy back in and reach her comforter she might comfort herself without needing us; so far hubby and I have been tag teaming back and forth to her cot for the last hour, trying to get her to sleep in there.
I just don't know what to do :-( the only advice people around me have are controlled crying (which I will never do with her) and co-sleeping, I hope someone has some advice!