I'm looking for advice about what to do to help my 7-month old baby sleep better. He falls asleep easily enough, but wakes up constantly. I breastfeed him and he's been cosleeping because we're too tired to put him back in his crib and risk him waking up.
This is my last ditch effort before I call in an expert. I found a sleep coach who will help for $285, which is really expensive but will be worth it if it helps (BIG IF). The other problem with her is that she said that her clients typically have 2-4 bad nights before things start to improve for them. I don't think I can handle things getting any worse than they already are. If I get any less sleep than I'm already getting, I won't be able to function. If I have to deal with crying in the middle of the night more than I already do, I am scared of what I might do. It doesn't matter how much better things are after those few bad nights if I don't survive them. I am not exaggerating. Any of you who have dealt with chronic sleep deprivation will understand.
So what else can I do without making the situation worse? What strategies are there that will move us toward the baby sleeping longer without waking up and that will not require us to miss more sleep than we already are?
keep records of night wakings (I'd have to wake up more thoroughly to do that)
improve naps (I'm working and my child care provider seems to be doing her best to no avail)
listen to him cry without answering (cry it out)
wake a sleeping baby
continue like this.