At this point, he needs 3 naps a day. What that looks like is swaddling him, rocking him, putting him down, then having to go in constantly to pick him up, re-bounce him to sleep, and repeat. He does NOT just cry himself to sleep. At least not in the 20 minutes I'll let him lie there on his own. He just gets more and more worked up. At night, he goes to sleep around 10:30pm and then is up within an hour or two needing to be picked up and bounced back to sleep, then again in another couple of hours. Then he will sleep from 3-6ish, then up again. He doesn't need anything. He doesn't need a bottle. We just re-swaddle him and bounce him back to sleep and he sleeps until 8:30-9:30am, at which point he wakes up happy and I know he is ready to get up. So, my question is, how do I get him to stay asleep when he is clearly tired and needing to sleep? Because I am now refusing to hold him through his naps, he is now not napping well, which has led to a constantly tired baby, sleep issues at night, and just overall miserable days. I just don't understand. He needs nothing. Nothing. He just won't stay asleep on his own. And I just can't do it anymore.
I have never been a huge fan of crying it out, especially when they are really young. But he is almost 6 months old, and it seems to me that he should be able to take an hour or two nap without waking up every 15 minutes screaming. And if he doesn't need to eat at night, shouldn't he be able to sleep through? What am I missing here? Again, any advice is welcome...but please be really specific. If something worked for you, let me know when you started it, how long it took, exactly how you did it, etc. I'm really picky with my advice, huh:)? Thanks in advance!