I am at my witts end after dealing with my DD's sleep issues for 7 months now. She has always fought sleep-- from the beginning. I don't know what else to do. She also will not let anyone else put her to sleep except me (occassionally my husband) and it often takes a half hour. I'm not sure where to start so I'll start at the beginning. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
I will start by saying that I believe she is a high needs baby according to Dr. Sears guidelines. From the time she was born until now we have to try different tactics. If she figures out we are trying to get her to sleep she fights it. For awhile walking and holding her a certain way worked then she figured it out, rocking her worked for awhile then it didn't, driving her occassionaly works, etc. I could name so many things that we've done. We have a co-sleeper which she rarily sleeps in. She sleeps ok next to me, but I don't. My body is destroyed from her sleeping next to-- I sleep terribley (my left shoulder is messed up and my neck). The hardest issue is getting her to sleep. Once she is asleep, as long as there are no loud noises she does ok. Lately I feed her then rock her and then attempt to set her down in a vibrating chair for naps (the only way she will stay asleep for a nap). I will rock her to sleep and try to set her down 10 times sometimes before she stays down. And sometimes she just decides to then get up. Sometimes she just refuses to sleep all together. It is sooooooooo frustrating after months and months. I just don't know what to do. I can't leave her with anyone for any length of time because she really fights sleeping if somone else attempts-- even my husband can't get her down sometimes.
Please does anyone have any suggestions????