Or Jill. Or Kate. Or Susan. I’m not picky at this point. I just need someone to tell me why, after seven months of sleeping through the night, my son, my sweet little angel, suddenly screams like a banshee whenever we put him in his crib?
Perhaps it’s because we got smug. I would listen to my friends tell their woes of sleepless nights and I would silently pat myself on the back for having such a good sleeper. When old ladies in the store asked how he was sleeping, I would smile and modestly say that we have had no problems at all since the second month.
And now it’s coming back to bite me in the tushy.
If I had to guess I’d say that it has something to do with separation anxiety which he has been experiencing in recent weeks. I think it’s exacerbated by the fact that he’s now standing in the crib. It’s much harder to calm him down once he stands and cries versus sitting and crying. Maybe it takes more effort? Perhaps he feels it’s a more strategic position to make sure that his cries are heard? Whatever it is, it’s not helping the problem.
taken during quieter times
To date, I have tried letting him “cry it out,” (which I can’t do past an hour, honestly), I have tried rocking him to sleep, (which doesn’t work as well as it did when he was tiny), and yesterday I even brought him into our room and laid down with him out of sheer desperation.
So I’m begging. I’m pleading. I’m asking: what should I do? How do you get a baby with no prior sleeping issues to go to sleep unaided? For the love of my sanity, please somebody help me!