I know that several of us have somewhat challenging sleepers on our hands so I thought we could put our heads together and tell what we've been doing that seems to help.
Reid was super challenging as a newborn. He has gotten a lot better over time though. First of all he started sucking his thumb which is a godsend. Yay for self soothing!!! I didn't teach him that so it's not really a tip, per say, but it's probably the biggest reason why he's gotten better. The second thing is his lovey. It is a small Angel Dear lovey that is like a little blanket with a robot head. He LOOOOOVES his lovey, and usually when I check on him when he's sleeping he has it clenched in his fist and his thumb in his mouth. He is also usually holding it and playing with it when I come in in the morning after he wakes up. He has been getting up several times a night lately but I think that is because we moved in with the in laws so he hasn't been sleeping in his crib (we have him in the pack & play) and in a strange room. Before we moved he was sleeping from 7-7 and usually only getting up once around midnight. Last night he only got up once so I hope he is adjusting now and will go back to normal. I heard him wake up around 3 but I didn't go to him right away and within 2-3 min he had settled back down. I bet he grabbed lovey and started sucking his thumb and just went back to sleep.
I never thought I would give a lovey to a baby as young as he is because they say not to put anything in their crib, but I have to say that I don't worry about it too much. He can easily roll both ways, lift up on his arms, and also pull things off of his face with his hands, so I'm not concerned about him smothering against a small lovey.
I also fill up his tummy really well just before bed (dinner of veggies and cereal mixed with fruit followed by a full nursing) which I think helps. He is always soooooo sleepy by the time I put him down, and he typically stays asleep from 7-12 or 1 with no problem.
Do any of you have any tips for helping baby go or stay asleep?