So I know I may get judged posting this but here it goes...
Sometimes Henry goes down for a nap very easily, I swaddle him, offer a pacifier and a little bit of fussing and he's out. But sometimes its not that easy. Sometimes he's rubbing his eyes and obviously tired and I try to put him down and he screams like crazy. I mean like crazy. So when that used to happen, I would put him in the carrier and try to wear him because it would calm him. Well not anymore, he just claws me, bangs his head against me and tries to escape by arching his back. So I have resorted to CIO. I know he is young. But I swaddle him, offer a paci or today actually left one arm out so he can suck his thumb (this is new as of a couple of days ago) and I apply gentle pressure on his feet (because they are usually flailing in his swaddle) and just let him cry.
I know he is young, but he's going to cry whether I'm holding him or not, so might as well save my back right? Sometimes he wakes up like 10 minutes later just fussing, but I don't go back in there and he usually stays asleep. I always said I would NEVER do CIO. But when you have a colicky crier and they cry for every diaper change, every time they are tired, every time they are hungry or overstimulated....crying just doesn't seem that bad anymore. However, as I type this and he is sleeping, I feel sort of guilty, like I'm a bad mom for not being able to calm my baby better. And the worse thing is advocates of CIO always say "it just takes a few times and then they know how to sleep." Umm, no. That is simply not true. He fights sleep a lot. Its so weird. Sometimes he just goes down and other times he just fights and fights it. He was awake for almost 4 hours straight yesterday. That is just not normal, he was horribly cranky. Then he passed out at 6:30pm, I thought he would take a nap, but nope, he slept til 2am. He missed his bath and everything.
Is anyone else doing any version of CIO right now? Am I doing something wrong here?