Baby light thief is almost one year old, and won't nap on his own unless he's exhausted, won't go to sleep on his own, and usually wakes up once in the night. Please help us get him to sleep on his own and stay asleep, and without crying if possible.
Baby guy sleeps in his own bed, in his own room. He wakes up between 6 and 8 am, more often around 7 am. He naps once or twice during the day, then goes to sleep between 7 and 9 pm. He has never been in a day care, and has always slept at home or around family when we travel, with family or friends watching him. Mom and I worked until a few months ago, when we moved out of California and in to my wife's parents' home. Mom works now, and I don't have a job at the moment, but am trying to get one.
Baby is getting weaned now, but still nurses in the evenings and in the middle of the night if/when he wakes up. Unlike this prior question
, I rock him to sleep instead of him falling asleep while nursing on mom (except in the middle of the night), and he doesn't seem to get calm enough to be almost asleep. When I try to put him down and he's almost asleep, he gets riled up.
We have the schedule set: eat dinner, relax for a while, brush teeth, say good night to everyone, I read him books in his quiet and low-lit bedroom, then I rock him to sleep, with his CD playing on repeat through the night. Mom and I are ready to try putting him down awake and letting him cry
(Google books preview of Sleeping Through The Night
), but we're hoping there's something less heart-wrenching for us. If not, does anyone have tips for our situation? Thanks!