My older son wasn't much better as a baby (battle to fall asleep though he would nap for 2+ hours every time, then woke up all night long needing to be soothed back to sleep) so either I'm doing the same stuff wrong again or this is a phase and eventually it will end. I'm just trying to amp myself up for another year plus of the battle. I have a hard time falling alseep and I'm a light sleeper so I wonder if it might be a hereditary thing.
Sorry I don't have a solution for you but I do feel your pain
I noticed with my kid that after a while nursing to sleep really stopped working. It's too passive a position for some active kids. Also, my dd doesn't like falling asleep to sucking because it startles her to wake up alone. I started months ago pulling away earlier and earlier in the process of sucking to sleep. Now she fusses a little when sucking to sleep is interrupted, but just rolls over, gets comfy, and goes to sleep. If I get distracted and let her fall to the limp stage while sucking, she wakes up in 30 mins startled and upset to not be where she was when she fell asleep.
Her best naps are always in bed, when she falls asleep in those last few seconds without aid.
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-big snack before bedtime (for both now that the 11 month old eats finger food)- got this one from Dr. Markham
-hardcore sleep hygiene - sound machine, soothing colour nightlight
-never, ever, leave the room - or they will want to explore and party
-don't change diapers during the night - or this will wake them up - neither of mine have pooped in their diapers since they were v young (like a month), which is normal human behaviour
-I generally try to avoid eye contact, sounds weird but then they're engaged, which is not what i want
-Use the same routine every night
-We also use a sleep sack which limits the mobility a bit while keeping them warm (for younger baby)
With the little one we went through a rough patch at about 6 months where she did not want to sleep. I used gentle training by going in every 1 minute, then every 3 minutes, so on, patting her on the back (while she cried) and said the same thing every time (time to go to sleep, mama loves you, but time to go to sleep), then leaving. This gentle training worked v well for her.
Although I do a lot and have been very mindful about creating a good routine for sleep, i do also believe that a lot of this is about luck and phases. Currently the little one is waking up earlier than i'd like - before 7 and after 7 is so much better. What can i do? Not a lot, it's a phase, it'll pass.
There's a lot one can do but there are no guarantees. Except that if they see your sweet loving eyes looking at them they will want to return that affection and get excited!
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