We have created a monster.
His name is Jack, alias Jack Jack, Mr. Man, Jack Jack Attack.
His favorite song is by the Beastie Boys "No Sleep 'till Brooklyn.
His motto is "I'll sleep when I am old."
Oh wait, he will sleep. In my bed, while nursing.
I have a feeling if we tried the cry it out method, and left him in his crib, he would cry for HOURS. He is persistent and stubborn. He knows what he wants.
I never thought I would co-sleep or have a problem with cry it out. But I do. I just don't think it is right to let a baby scream un-comforted for hours on end. I don't believe he is manipulating me, he just wants to be with me. However, I am tired of co-sleeping now, it served its purpose and my back is ready to sleep well again. I just don't know how to get him out of my bed. I don't care if he sleeps in our room. We have a port-a-crib set up for him. He sleeps about 4 hours in it.
I have tried the No Cry Sleep Solution, and the problem with that is that he KNOWS we are trying to put him to sleep. He fusses and screams until we bring him to bed. It is very frustrating. I am willing to let him cry for up to ten minutes, but like I said he is persistent. We tried letting him cry for up to 10 minutes, checking, and continuing that until he falls asleep. It just never really worked for him. Then when it sort of did, we all got sick. He nurses quite frequently in the night, so at some point, it was just easier to bring him to bed. Night weaning is not an option until he is at least a 1 year and 5 weeks old.
We just don't know what to do. We are hoping we can solve the problem while we are home for the summer and don't have to work. We can handle late nights a bit better.
Does anyone have the magic wand that puts babies to sleep without tears?
Oh and by the way, Isabel sleeps like a baby! Goes down happy and awake, puts herself to sleep and wakes up once to nurse. We used the No Cry Sleep Solution for her, too. So it isn't all parenting!