We are desperately attempting to teach Sebastian how to sleep, preferably on his own, but certainly for a relatively long period of time.
This has been going on for about a week. Generally he only sleeps when he is lying on top of someone. If he does get put down he usually wakes up within 5 minutes. This makes accomplishing anything a bit difficult. It is like he is lonely and likes to be held or nearby someone. That someone can really be anyone, but is usually me.
For the last week we have been attempting to add a 'routine' into his evening so he knows that it is bedtime and sleep in his own crib. The first night was amazingly painful, for everyone, he howled and cried for ever. We kept going in and rubbing his back, occasionally picking him up and generally trying to reassure him. The second night was so much easier. I thought we were doing great. He was starting to understand what to do and he was ok with the crib. HA.
The next night we had SIL, BIL, and nephew over and Sebastian didn't sleep much during the day at all. Then the night came and the misery started. He would calm down, he wouldn't relax at all. I nursed him several times trying to get him calm enough to fall asleep and he would eat, then scream again. We all took turns trying to calm him and hours later, he finally fell asleep. The next day he slept almost the whole day. He napped from noon to 7pm with only short alert breaks for nursing.
We have had different amounts of luck over the next few nights, then tonight, I fed him, placed him in the crib, and rubbed his back for a minute. He is asleep now, calm and beautiful.
Lets hope he stays down and this is the beginning of a new trend.