I have a gorgeous 8 month old boy. Since he was about 5 months, he wakes every 1-2 hours. Sometimes he will go back to sleep with my husband or I rocking him, other time he will only accept being nursed back to sleep.
We have tried lots of things to encourage him to sleep longer stretches. We have tried the ideas in "No Cry Sleep Solution". But we haven't seen any change in his sleep behaviour. We don't believe in any CIO methods.
So we have come to accept that he is just the kind of baby who wakes frequently and it's his temperament and there is probably not much we can do other than know that one day he will sleep longer. In the last couple of weeks he has slept a few 3 hour stretches which we find encouraging.
At the start of the night I sleep on the sofa and my husband sleeps in the bedroom with baby in the crib next to our bed. When baby wakes he tries to rock him back to sleep. At some point baby won't accept being rocked back to sleep, by this time I hear him crying so I sleep in our bed with baby and husband goes to the sofa. I find with co-sleeping I don't get good quality sleep - baby is very restless, and when he stirs he looks around for the nipple, basically my sleep is very broken.
I wake up every morning exhausted. During the day I nap when baby naps - but he only naps for 30-40 mins at a time and so just as I'm falling into a deep sleep I wake abruptly to the sound of him waking up and crying.
I just wish this sleep deprivation would end. It's really getting me down and feels like we are stuck on a treadmill of endless nights with little and poor quality sleep. During the day I feel I don't have the energy to properly engage with my baby, then I end up feeling guilty for not being a more hands on and "excited" mom.
I guess I'm looking for any feedback and encouragement from other members who have been through this with their babies, and like to know your experiences and how they were resolved.