Why does it seem like MY kids are the only ones who outright refuse to sleep by themselves? *sigh* DD was a very feisty, colicky baby and so we naturally thought that was the reason she refused to sleep without being held. But now M... he's just as sweet and calm as you could imagine from a baby, but as soon as you set him down - whether drowsy or just asleep or SOUND asleep - he is immediately (or at least within 5 minutes) wide awake. It's not really a conditioned thing, either: the first day home from the hospital we were already joking that if you wanted to wake him up, all you had to do was put him down. :/
I know most people will say that I should just let him sleep in my arms, but that isn't really an option longterm because of my health. My health suffered severely because of DD's sleep habits, and DH and I aren't willing to go down that road again. We have a bedside co-sleeper that we would just love for him to sleep in. How can we make this happen?
Just to make it clear, he doesn't sleep in the swing either, and rarely in the car seat. He will sleep in a baby carrier (maya or moby). Swaddling doesn't seem to make a difference. We even tried a pacifier to see if that would work. I've stayed up as late as 2:30 trying to get him to sleep: put him down, wait max 10 minutes for him to wake up, wait another 10 minutes until it's obvious he's not going to put himself to sleep, pick him up, repeat ad nauseum, for hours. Then finally give up and go to sleep with him on top of me (he'll sleep 2-4 hours in a row like that, even 5 hours a time or two).
Does anyone have any magic ideas? I'm not trying to get him to STTN. I'd be happy with him consistently sleeping 2 hours at a time. Even 30 minutes would be a start! What's the secret?