Has anyone managed to change this rocking/bouncing sleep assoc, w/o CIO?
DS2 needs to either nurse or be bounced to sleep, and he has NEVER EVER (ok mayeb once?!) slept more than 2 hours at a stretch, often less than this.
I can't seem to wean him off it. if i'm not nursing him, i'm bouncing him, in sling or arms or hammock. Or dad is. Don't seem to be able to get past it. He just cries unless we do either that or nursing. and whatever we do he wakes up again after an hour or so.
So how on earth do I change this sleep association???!
He's a really physical, persistent kind of baby - wonder if this is why he needs the movement? Also why my feeling is cio is just not going to work.
I've read No cry sleep solution cover to cover. several times. Here's what we DO do:
We have an incredibly early routine - bath at 530, bed at 6, asleep by 630.
I make sure he gets his naps - he naps in the sling because its the only way to make sure he has enough sleep in the daytime, so more movement there.
I use the pantley pull off and try to put him down sleepy every night. (as pantley thinks its how they go to sleep at night that sets up their main sleep association...) In the end I usually sling him till he's just asleep, (no nursing at this point) then put him in hammock. he gets fractious without the movement - ie if i put him down on the bed instead - and I'm too knackered to do anything faintly controversial. This does work well mostly, but he is still bouncing as he falls asleep.
and still he wakes every 1-2 hours from 630 to 630. He's grumpy. I'm intermitently homicidal. ARRGGGG!
THank you, sweet mothers, in advance...
Edited by anangelcalledalice - 2/17/12 at 11:53pm