I've given up on the idea that my HN son will soothe himself to sleep any time soon.Our problem,so far,isn't the night-time sleep,though I do wish we could get him to sleep earlier since he wakes up at 6am every day,he does tend to sleep well,and,since we sleep with him in our bed,I don't wake much when he needs to eat. It's the naps that kill me!!! My DS has the worst time sleeping more than 40 minutes,and when he wakes,he just isn't fresh and happy. In fact,he wakes tired,rubbing his eyes,yawning the whole time he's up,whining,and is easily irritated (and irritating!). It's hard to get any happy time with him because he's always so tired! When he wakes like this,I try to get him to sleep soon after,but,since he often naps on me-the only way I can get him to sleep longer,if I have any hopes of him sleeping more than the 40 minutes(doesn't always work)-so,when he finally wakes,I have to make a run to the bathroom,and kitchen to pee,eat and drink something. By the time I'm done,he's whining so loudly,or full-on crying! He's 5 months,so is getting heavier all the time. All we have found to do to get him to sleep is to swaddle,hold him tummy-to-tummy,and shush,while rocking vigorously. It can take up to 1 1/2 hours,sometimes,to get him to sleep. Well,at least I'm getting big strong arm muscles!!
The advice I need is-any new ideas that can help a high-need baby to sleep? I've tried so many things-white noise machines, nursing (sometimes works,but not like it used to), laying him down while just drowsy, using a sling,but our place isn't big enough to just walk around for however long he's asleep,and sitting is uncomfortable. When I try to put him down with it,he always wakes,no matter how asleep he is. Any new ideas? Also,any ideas on how to keep him asleep for naps longer than 30-40 minutes? Anyone? This would have to be advice from parents of high-need babies only,as anything that works on "normal,easy"babies does not seem to work on this little guy.