My 7 month old is really hard to get to sleep. I have 3 and 4 year old, no outside help, small house, older children wake him all the time & stop him from getting to sleep in first place
A normal day for him is x3 20-30 min naps sometimes only 2 then sleeps from about 7-10 feed then sleeps til around 1 feed then sleeps til 4/5 feed I co sleep and bf him through the night and he feeds for atleast an hour each time. He feeds during day too but only in dark room.
3 & 4 year old wake around 5.30/6 and then he is up. Even from a newborn he has never slept through the noise they make.
He's exhausted I'm exhausted. Im snapping at my other kids all the time. It takes me around an hour of feeding, patting, rocking to get him down and then I'm lucky if he sleeps for 30 mins. I have to do this in a dark room and put my other two in front of an iPad/ DVD but they fight a lot and I think they're bored. I hardly spend any time with them. When he's asleep I spend all my time shushing them.
He won't take a dummy, he has a blanket sleep association that I give him and a fan which drowns out some of the noise from the house.
When kinder starts back up we will be in and out all the time for drop offs and I'm dreading it it's hard enough now.
How many naps should he be having? Any ideas on how to get him to sleep?
Eta if it takes a long time to get him down even though he's tired and my other kids start fighting or keep coming in to the room I just give up trying to get him to sleep. He has bags under his eyes I know he's not getting enough rest but I'm always having to make a choice and I feel like I'm neglecting the other two... Any advice?