I have posted about this before but I haven't had a lot of responses in the past.
I really need some helpful non-judgemental advice on how to get my DS to sleep better at night.
DS has never slept through the night except for about 3x. He constantly wakes anywhere from around 10pm - 7am every 1-3 hours, every night. I can get him down easily enough at the start of the night but when it's time for me to go to bed this is where it starts. This started at around 6 months and it's getting worse and worse. Before this he would wake up twice overnight and was fairly easy to resettle.
Now he WILL NOT go back to sleep without a breastfeed. He needs so much feeding that he is constantly wetting through his nappies and then requires changing which exacerbates his wakefulness. I've tried a whole lot of different brands but none of them have worked.
Tonight I tried controlled-crying after his third wake-up which I never wanted to do, and after 1.5 hours he was still crying and we had got literally nowhere. I bf him again and he has gone straight to sleep. Our trick of putting him in bed with us now no longer works - he sees it as playtime and mucks around and still refuses to go to sleep.
I am sitting up in tears at 3am because I can no longer do this every night. I am sick and need to start long-term medication soon which will mean at the very least night-weaning DS or completely weaning him onto formula for all feeds. I have no idea what to do.
I am at my wits end and the constant exhaustion is wearing me down. On top of this I am starting back at work in a weeks time.
He is warm (not hot), he is not hungry, he is happy and sleeps during the day just fine. He has a good day routine. It's night time that I just can't seem to fix.