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I had a terrible sleeper and got a lot of advice in the time we were really in the thick of it. One thing everyone says that I thought I was trying - have a routine. Not just a bedtime routine or a nap time routine, but a day that's pretty predictable, start to finish. Sleepless In America was the book that TOTALLY turned around our sleep issues because for whatever reason, that's the book that made me finally GET IT. I know some people have real go-with-the-flow, sleep-when-you're-tired philosophies on sleep and if that works for them, great, but it was KILLING me, my relationship with my child, and my marriage.
When I started getting her up at the same time every day, getting her in the sun, having predictable food, play, rest periods - everything really just turned around. It sounded impossible in the beginning but we are ALL better when our days have a similar flow and we all feel it when that is interrupted.
Good luck. I love love love my girl but she was such a rotten sleeper she will probably be an only child.
I'd do my best to not engage with your baby during the times you want him to sleep. Do everything in the dark, don't talk, make shushing noises if you like, but don't engage. Encourage him to lay down, but you don't have to force. Hopefully this will pass quickly. In my opinion, model what you want him to do. Lay down and close your eyes even if he plays all over you for an hour. He'll get it eventually that this is not the time for playing.
I gathered that you do co sleep so that should help. If you are nursing, I would do that until he sleeps. If you are not nursing, I would just model, model, model what sleeping looks like and be super boring!
Catie - Happy wife to Aaron (01.05), mama to Liam(08.08), and Ian (11.10)! and due Feb 2013 with blessing #3!
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