You could stop rocking/holding to sleep and encourage bub to self settle. If you were interested you could start by doing what you are doing but putting bub down drowsy but awake (eyes droopy but not closed). Bubs that are put to bed awake often sleep longer/don't wake all the time.
I simply stated that nothing is going to be an instant fix, I.e don't expect anything to be resolved today, as you had expressed you needed relief today.
I don't doubt you need relief today, but there's nothing tactless about telling you the truth.
In terms of tired cues, I tend to just clock watch and start settling DD after 1.5 hours if she doesn't seem tired. It sounds like you've got a good quietening down routine happening, maybe it's worth going by the clock if he hasn't shown tired signs after however long 6 months old tend to be awake for? (I'm definitely a first time, learner mum!)
Off topic, but I am glad you ask for advice on here. There have been plenty of occasions I've read the advice, and found something in it to help me since my LO is a bit younger than yours. Sending lots of hugs to you!
I think (and could be wrong) but ten minutes from the time they go to sleep is good. They're in a fairly deep sleep but not nearing the end of a sleep cycle.
Could try wrapping him in a blanket (not swaddling if you don't, just wrapped lightly), get him to the ten minute point and lay him down then, still wrapped in the blanket so there isn't too much of a temperature change.
What about once he is asleep just laying down holding him in the bed. It's not transferring but it might give you some relief by taking away some of the weight.
Hugs I feel your pain, my DD was similar. Good luck at the sleep school
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Can't you just sit down with him asleep? And then stick a pillow under your arm to support him/you.
Then you don't have to worry about the stress of transferring, and you can just wait for your sleep school appointment.
Ill try the things suggested over the next little while & see how I go.
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