Hi everyone, I am looking for a little advice. I have a beautiful baby boy who just turned 6 months old but he refuses to sleep until early hours of the morning.
The problem began due to my work schedule, I used to work at a call center where I was off at 1:30 am and was getting home at around 2 am. My husband did great at taking care of baby but he never really enforced a sleep routine or bed time. So when I got home at 2 it was my turn to care for baby, feed him and try to get him to sleep which almost always ended up being 5:30 or 6 am.
This scheduled was not working out for anyone, so I decided to quit my job for a while and focus on our baby. My problem is that now I cannot get baby to go to sleep at night. I have been trying to start a bedtime routine but he will not go to sleep. He'll cry, scream and squirm, start scratching his face, my arms, whatever he can get a hold of. Even when I get lucky and he DOES fall asleep he will only stay asleep for 30 minutes at the most and he will not back to sleep.
I have tried letting him cry it out but almost an hour later and he's still crying ( check up on him every few minutes but when I do he cries harder and begins screaming and I always feel really guilty, so I really don't like that method).
I have also tried giving him a bath before bed, which usually gets him really sleepy. He does fall asleep but a few minutes later he wakes up. This goes on every night and he finally ends up falling asleep at around 5 or 6. Right now it is almost 5 and I still have a crying baby.
I really need help and advice. I am so sleep deprived, stressed out and most of the nights I end up crying because I feel so powerless and frustrated. I feel like this is never gonna get better. All I hear all night is crying and screaming and I feel like a horrible mother because I can't help my baby fall asleep. Does anyone have any advice? I would appreciate any comments that might help me.
Thank you for reading all of this, I know it was long.