I am losing my mind with sleep deprivation and wondering if anyone has any advice on how to get my 10mo to sleep just a tiny, tiny bit more tonight. I wondered about burning some lavender oil in his room before he goes to sleep (obviously blowing it out/taking it out once I leave the room). Does anyone have any other thoughts?
DS has been a pretty dreadful sleeper from the start. He sleeps in his own cot in his brother's room--moving him from our room into his own room about 6 weeks ago helped with his sleep a bit. I'm not against co-sleeping per se but it doesn't work for us--especially as DS wiggles non-stop and will basically only sleep if my nipple's in his mouth or if I have him on top of me jiggling him up and down. And co-sleeping makes me feel claustrophobic and grouchy. So, I see the benefits of co-sleeping but it's not an option for us. I'm not prepared to do the CIO method as I feel that if he wakes at night he needs me.
My husband's away at the moment (been away for 4 days, away one more day) and I don't feel I can manage another night like the last few and with no-one to take DS to give me a break when I've been up with him for 2 hours straight and he just won't sleep... I finally got 1 1/2 hours of uninterrupted sleep at 5:30 this morning but that's just not enough. I've not slept more than 3 hours since DS was born, and honestly 3 hours straight is unusual. I'm just too, too tired, and the cumulative effect is just dreadful--as I'm sure many of you know. As I say, co-sleeping isn't an option. DS does seem anxious at the moment, I suspect because my husband and my other DS are away. He's also a mummy's boy, and he's being especially clingy at the moment (which I think is also a developmental stage). I am trying a number of options to help him sleep longer at night (eg a silky blanket, not nursing him to sleep, etc.). Apart from the night-time business, DS is a wonderfully happy and sociable little baby and a joy to be with. But the nights.... oof.
So, if you have any suggestions for helping DS feel relaxed at nighttime, I'd love to hear them! More than long-term sleep solutions, I'm looking for ways to get through tonight. Thank you.