Apologies in advance for long post.
My 8 month old DS is a shocking sleeper! I have tried so hard to create a good sleeping environment, strong routine, be consistent etc but I feel as though I am failing him as it is just not working and we are both exhausted.
We are now (after months of work) able to put him down to bed without too many dramas; he is happy to be put in his cot awake and self settles to sleep. I put him to bed around 7pm and he will sleep till approx. 11pm when he wakes for a feed. He is put back in the cot awake and settles himself to sleep....however he then wakes anywhere between 15mins-1hour ALL NIGHT LONG!!! He wakes crying out, if I leave him to try to self settle he escalates so quickly and then it can take hours till he is calm enough to try sleeping again, although he will quite happily self settle before 11pm. I have tried to be consistent with my resettling technique, wait listen to the cry, give chance to self settle, enter room, hand on tummy, reassurance, shush, then leave. However the last two nights it has become too much and I have sat on the sofa with him in my arms - he still woke crying every 30mins
I just cannot work out what is causing the constant waking; any advice would be greatly appreciated as I am really struggling. My DS is such a great kid - we have the best times together and he is a lovely during the day, very outgoing, smiling etc I just feel as though the sleep problems are weighing over us and impacting my ability to be a good mum as I am exhausted.
Some additional info: DS is breastfed 4 hourly, 3 meals of solids a day+ morning/afternoon tea, he is a great eater.
Night time routine is dinner as a family, short playtime, bath, pjs, story & cuddles with dad, bottle of EBM (was consistently falling asleep at the breast this now allows me to put him to bed awake) into bedroom, story in cot (same story every night) kiss, lights off, leave room.
Room temp is approx. 18deg, wears a long sleeve vest, onsie, sleeping bag and blanket over the top. He has a dummy but it is usually still in his mouth when he wakes, he also has a comforter.
Thanks if you managed to read all the way through!