My little 6 month old son has never stopped moving since he swam to the surface of his birthing tub. Sleep has always been a challenge, but we were doing fine, cuddling him to sleep in our bed/co-sleeper around 6-7pm and then finishing our day. One day we heard some small things plopping to the floor and thought he must have thrown some stuff off the bedside table. NO. He had crawled out of the cosleeper, across the bed, and was hanging from the bedisde table when my partner walked into the room. it was then we decided we had better get him into a crib. this was about a month ago. he was (to put it mildly) not interested in sleeping in the crib. but with much patience and persistance it now only takes us an hour to put him to bed, which is only slightly longer than it was taking in the co sleeper.
his new trick is pulling himself up to standing, and its like a complusion. if he is the slightest bit awake he MUST either be standing or getting himself to standing or crying becasue hes standing and doesn't know how to get down. we tried rocking him to sleep and putting him inthe crib sleeping, he wakes up intsntly screaming. put him in crib awake and happy, he either screams or flips over and makes his way to the side to stand. put him in sleepy with pacifier in mouth and arms held by his side so he can't flip over and he'll fall asleep for a few minutes, but if you let go of his arms or sit next to the crib instead of peering into it he wakes up and either screams or stands depending on the mood. we're trying all the things from no cry sleep solution. and it WAS getting better. we are back at square one. my partner is all for letting him cry it out. well, she claims she's all for it, but i don't think she could follow through. i can't do the cry it out thing, although i can ABSOLUTELY UNDERSTAND those of us who have gone that route.
somebody else must have gone through this. any tricks? do we have to just wait until he can get down from standing by himself? his sleep is sufferring so that he has bags under his eyes. if he does fall asleep in the crib, i bring him to bed the first time he wakes up and nurse him all night. if he doesn't fall asleep in the crib i go to bed early and start the all night nurse a thon early. i wear him just about all day long, in fact, if he needs to take a good nap - ie over 25 minutes - i have to wear him. oy.
mamas - i long for your advise and expereince. this is so hard.
katie, tyson, and kellan