Hi everyone, I was just wondering any tips or books or experience that you may have to help with my 6.5 month olds sleeping problems. I am absolutely exhausted and feel like I never get a break.
I struggle to get my baby to sleep in his cot in the day unless I feed him to sleep, but when I persevere I sometimes have luck. When I put him in he just plays in his cot and after a while starts screaming. I have tried shorter/longer awake times beforehand but nothing works. Regardless of how I put him to bed he wakes up within half an hour and screams if I don't come and get him, he knows I hate hearing my baby cry. I try to put his dummy back in but no, nothing will get him to sleep unless I put him in the ergo. I have tried tizzy hall save our sleep method, but can never do it because I can't stand to hear his crying for long.
Also in the evening before his night sleep I always feed him to sleep on our bed, and then put him in his cot once he is asleep (this has been really easy for me) he will sleep the first half of the night ok (his night, not my night, I go to bed later) but after he wakes up the first time he screams unless I feed him. So I always feed him, but after that I know he is going to be up and down for the rest of the night. I have to continuously feed him/put his dummy in/settle him for the rest of the night, otherwise he starts screaming. (So I only get a few hours solid sleep at the start and that's it). I usually end up sleeping him in my bed for the second half of the night since I am way too exhausted to stand up and take him back to his cot multiple times for the rest of the night. But I am not sleeping well while cosleeping, for some reason I just can't.
I love my baby with everything I am, and love cosleeping and sleeping my baby in the ergo for the bonding aspect, and spending time with my baby, but I am getting absolutely exhausted, I need sleep, I need a break, but I just can't get it. I just don't know what to do about it.
I appreciate your help. Thank you.