So our wonderful sleeper has decided to be a falling asleep nightmare. It's gotten to the point where every nap and every night before bed he SCREAMS. It sounds like someone is murdering him. There's not a whole lot that I can do that will help him.
We've been swaddling since birth and he's still getting swaddled. If we don't swaddle him, he flails hysterically.
I nurse him before this starts, usually. He won't latch once he gets started anyway.
Rocking doesn't help, walking doesn't help, noise doesn't help, silence doesn't help...nothing helps....he just screams himself to sleep. I hate that I can't put him down awake anymore and I refuse to put him down screaming.
I've tried giving him Tylenol just to see if it would help...it's hard to tell if it's setting in and helping or if he's just screamed enough to settle.
I just don't know what to do. I tried putting him down sleepy, go to him after a few minutes of lower level fussing, pat him or stroke him until he settles, then walk away again. Only each time he fusses it gets louder and more panicked until we're right back into the screaming. I've tried just cuddling him until he falls asleep, but he'll eventually work into screaming.
It kills me that he's getting so worked up and I want so badly to teach him good sleeping patterns (I've battled with sleeping issues since infancy). Once he's out, we're golden...it's just getting there :(