Battle with 7 month old to sleep since birth
by Mamma of One
We are at our wits end! Our 7 month old has screamed his head off since birth every time he is put down for a nap or at night. I am still nursing him, however, do not nurse him to sleep. He still gets up 2-3 times a night and will not be comforted. We had no problems from day 1 with nursing.
We have a set bedtime routine to slow things down and quiten the area around him, all to no avail! As an infant, he had to be swaddled tightly to calm him down, but still sleep issues. We moved from swaddling to a padded sleeper to give him the same feeling, still no sleep. We rock a screaming inconsolable baby for who knows how long until he wears himself out. We have a sound machine, room darkening drapes, and he is the only child. He hates a pacifier! Also, there are no tear in these crying fits. He has NEVER fallen asleep outside of the bedroom! We have tried driven him around to no avail.
I won't even tell you how many times I have taken him to the doctor thinking something is wrong with my baby. He is a happy, smiley, babbling infant who is well socialized, never met a stranger, has adjusted to eating from a spoon like he was born doing it, has met his milestones, just refuses to sleep.
We have read so many articles, heard and tried different people's advice, nothing is working! Oh yes, we have tried the crying it out, baby wins as he cries until he starts gagging and vomiting. The situation is so bad, as soon as we walk into his room, he starts crying.
After reading articles on SPD, it sounds like baby easily fits the description about sleeping. Does anyone have advice for me? Where do I go for help? We so desperately want to help our baby, plus us. TIA.