*Settling, not setting !! Haha
My DS has always been an up & down sleeper, he's just an energetic lively bub who thinks sleep is a waste of time. Plus I'm sure I made things worse by doing whatever I could to get him to sleep for a good few months (rock/bounce/feed/everything/anything/all at the same time) haha. He's 7.5 months old now and we ended up going for a day stay at our local sleep school last week. It was great, he is now self-settling for most naps (sometimes with a little whinge, sometimes just chatting woohoo) and at night when he wakes we wait one or two minutes and he often goes back to sleep by himself. So he's really got the hang of putting himself to sleep, little champ!! But bedtime is still hard... we do bath - feed - brush teeth - story - bed (with sleeping bag and comforter) but most nights he cries a lot so I end up going in and patting him to sleep (I am okay with this, I am more of an attachment parent so I don't want him to feel nobody is coming if he really needs us). Whingeing I can (now) tolerate (after a lot of learning haha) but not the full on crying, no way. I'm just wondering if anybody else who has sleep trained has found that the going down at night was a lot harder than self settling for naps??? I am happy he's falling asleep in his cot even with me patting him, and very happy with his progress. But I'm not sure why he fights so bad at bedtime. He is in the process of dropping his third nap so maybe he is a bit overtired by the time bedtime rolls around. It also seems to me like he's really sleepy after his feed and then we brush his teeth and read his book and it wakes him up again, he tries to grab the book and my face and he smiles up at me. But if I make the feed the last thing, that's basically feeding him to sleep not self-settling.
Sorry for the ramble, any thoughts most welcome!!!