Sorry, it got a bit long....
DS is 10 mos. old. We have been co-sleeping. I still prefer to do it most of the night. For the first part of the night (before we join him) I would like to get him to sleep in his crib. I would like him to nap in his crib too. I teach music lessons and frequently they come while he should be sleeping. I can't leave him in our bed, unattended. I have tried wearing him in my Ergo but he will not sleep since he wants to be involved in whatever I'm doing. Plus, he is a heavy sucker and I can't do it for very long anymore.
During the day, I will spend almost an hour at a time trying to get him to sleep only to have him a) freak out the minute I put him in the crib, even if he has been fast asleep or b) only stay asleep wherever I nurse him for 20 minutes. At one point, I would nurse him to sleep on a little makeshift bed on the floor in our closet. He would wake up literally every 10-15 minutes and just crawl out crying. I then had to start the whole nurse to sleep and sneaking out routine. This would go on for several hours until I had to quit and he had barely slept.
I know this is a common thing. I swear there are a lot of moms who deal with this. But, I cannot handle when he is so exhausted he just wines and claws at me but won't sleep! I would love to lay in bed with him all day and just nurse him and sleep
, but I have another child and a job. I still want to give him what he needs, but I am just getting so worn out and a bit grouchy.
How do I help him sleep longer, and sleep in his own bed?? Any advice or feedback is helpful.