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Have you tried in-arms crying it out? This is essentially where I am at with my 6 months old. As soon as I see he is tired (in theory, we have trouble with routines) I take him to our bed after doing our mini routine. As soon as he sees I"m trying to put him to sleep gets upset and cries. I hold him in my arms\lap and he cries, thrashes, is generally so upset. I just keep holding him and looking at him most of the time. Sometimes I jiggle him a bit but it only is at the point where I can tell the crying is winding down. At that point I hold him close (he is calmer at this point) and giggle him a bit and a lot of the time he will take the paci at this point. And then he will fall asleep. I still have some sleep issues though, that we are working on.
I had to make that mental decision that "he is tired and he needs to go to sleep. I'm going to stick through with this."
It isn't always very fun for me to sit there and hear him cry. But I do beleive crying in arms is OK and healthy. This one author helped me understand that I don't have to scared of all cries http://www.awareparenting.com/
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