My little boy is 5 months old now & has never been a good sleeper. He's never gone more than 3 hrs at night without waking & his daytime naps are very hit and miss.
For the last 3 weeks or so I have really struggled with him. He doesn't fall asleep on his own, he is rocked or fed to sleep so I know I've brought this on myself but he's my first baby and I live and learn...
Anyway he falls fast asleep in my arms after rocking or feeding and then as soon as I put him down he wakes & cries...almost every time. He had a bad cold a couple of weeks ago & since then his sleep has been even worse. He seems to only want to sleep on me.
Iv tried shushing/patting without picking up, iv picked up & settled but he wakes when I put him down, iv changed his nappy, checked he's not too hot/cold and even tried a bottle feed at about 3am (he's usually breastfed). I know he's not hungry, he just sucks to settle. He won't take a dummy no matter how hard I try.
I'm at my wits end. I would never ever shout at him but I feel like screaming in his face when he wakes after he's been fast asleep in my arms. I dont know what to do now. I would hate to do controlled crying but is this the only way? Is he too young to do this yet? Has anyone else experienced the same problem? I feel so alone, I'm desperate for help x