As the title suggests I'm really at a loss as to how to improve my almost 7 month old DS's sleeping, particularly at night. I'm constantly trying to figure out where things need to change but I'm hoping if I give you guys the full picture you might see something I can't .
He is breastfed, and I have been demand feeding from birth. Also since he was tiny I've fed him to sleep of a night time and just given him the boob whenever he woke at night. He has been having solids (BLW) since just before 6 months and now has 2-3 meals a day.
During the day we follow a feed play sleep routine (so not feeding to sleep during the day). He's mostly been a catnapper but lately has been having one longer sleep during the day (usually the first sleep) maybe for 1.5 hours. Even given this long sleep he only stays awake for about 1.5 hours before it seems that he needs another nap. Which means he is still having like 4-5 naps a day.
Once he gets a bit grizzly I pop him into his sleeping bag, give him his dummy and blanky and put him in his cot. He usually settles himself to sleep within 5-10 minutes.
We have dinner at about 5pm followed by some playtime then a bath at around 5.50pm. Once he's dressed i sit on our bed and feed him, some night he falls asleep on the boob, some nights he doesn't and self settles in his cot with his dummy, but he's usually sleep by 6.15pm.
He will then sleep until about 8.30-9pm which is basically his longest stretch at night. Most nights we can re-settle him at his first waking without feeding but then he will wake around 10pm which I'll usually feed him just so we can get some sleep. It then seems he wakes every 1.5 hours. Sometimes I try to resettle, sometimes I just feed to get him back to sleep. Sometimes I even pop him in our bed so I can snooze while he's feeding.
He then wakes for the day at about 5.30-6am. The early rising wouldn't bother me if he just slept a bit longer during the night. I also understand he still needs a feed overnight, maybe even two, but all the waking is making me exhausted!
I can also tell he is teething, but his sleeping like this has been going on for the last couple of months.
His cot is in our room and given we only have 2 bedrooms ( his big brother is in the other) we don't have the option of putting him in his own room.
Does anyone have any advice? I think I may need to try not to use the boob to settle but how do I do this but also maintain one or two feeds overnight?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!