My girl is almost 7 months old and has been a high need baby and very difficult sleeper since about 4 weeks. She has always had to be nursed to sleep (or worn in the wrap for naptime). When she hit 6 months it got even worse. Now she will NEVER fall asleep on the first try at night... even with a consistent bedtime routine. We cosleep and I nurse her like usual, and she will sometimes even look *thisclose* to finally snoozing, but she inevitably just starts to become active again and starts crawling around the bed. She will still rub her eyes and yawn and look tired, but nothing will get her back down and she'll stay up another 2 hours. When she finally goes to sleep, she's then up every hour thereafter and has to nurse back down. Many nights she will thrash and squirm in her sleep so that I can't sleep even when she's out.
I tried Pantley's method, I tried PU/PD, I even became so desperate that I tried CIO. Nothing works. I can't nurse her down and then transfer her to her crib, because she's such a light sleeper that she wakes up when I try. I started to worry she might have some kind of sleep disorder, but I think maybe she's just a high need baby with an iron will! I want some kind of happy medium... I don't expect her to sleep 12 hours a night but I haven't had more than 2 continuous hours since before she was born.
Adding to my worry is the fact that we're traveling cross country in October... I'm terrified of how she'll deal with jet lag and all that.
So I hope that all made sense... any advice would be appreciated.