I have read the other threads but as everyone knows, every baby is different.
I am studying full time at home (which is impossible). I have a 4 year old and a 6 month old.
From 4 weeks I established an awesome night time routine. Baby could be put in the bassinet at 7pm and settle himself to sleep. This took 2 nights of controlled crying to establish. By 3 months he was sleeping great. On his best nights he would sleep until 3.30am without a peep.
He has always been a catnapper during the day. It drives me crazy! 20 minutes at a time.
Anyway, here we are at 6 months and my once great sleeping baby has turned into waking ALL THE TIME. I am so sleep deprived and in desperate need of some advice! He has a dummy and I'm thinking that this is the main culprit. As soon as his dummy is put back in he will fall back asleep. This wouldn't bother me if it was a couple of times a night but sometimes he is waking several times an hour! I have tried taking his dummy away for day sleeps to get him used to settling himself without it but its a war zone. He will scream for an hour until silly me gives in and gives it back to him!
I have never heard a baby scream as loudly as mine. He honestly seems like he will cry himself to death!! which is why I give in so easily.
Any advice would be awesome!!!! Do I just let him cry it out? or is there another way?
(his routine is 7pm, put into his cot and falls asleep easily without assistance. 9pm until 3.30am is constant waking. 3.30am bottle. Stirs until he is awake and ready for the day at 5am)