My 19 month old son will not sleep!! He was great at first, he went from a newborn waking every 2 hours, then every 3 hours, to a 4 month old waking every 45 minutes and its been like that ever since. At first he didn't always want to be nursed back to sleep sometimes I just had to pick him up and pat his back. Now that is the only thing he wants. He will occasionaly have nights where he will go for one 2 hour stretch. Sometimes at night he will also have an hour or two where he wakes every 5 to 10 minutes (this is what I really can't take).
Naps are another issue. He napped fine until about 5 weeks, then he had to be held or slept next to for all his naps, then he progressed to not only needing to be held but I had to be walking around for every nap! Then around 4 months he started waking during naps whether I held him or walked, no matter what, and he needed to be patted or nursed back to sleep. He now only takes one nap a day in the afternoon but during a 2 hour nap he will wake at least 4 times whether I stay in bed with him or not and I have to nurse him back to sleep.
I have gone through just about every emotion possible regarding this sleep issue. At first I turned into a nighttime monster, I hated my child from his first waking to his last at night, then morning would come and I would feel like a terrible mother. Then I got to point of acceptance and dealt with it. Now I'm back to being a nighttime monster. I need to solve this problem. I would be completely happy if he woke me 4 or 5 times a night instead the 13+ times he does now. I not asking for him to sleep through the night, I accept that I am a mother and children have nighttime needs.
I have read both the first no cry sleep solution by Pantley and her toddler version of the same book. The solutions just don't seem to work for us. We have co-slept since day one and still continue.
Can someone please tell me there child was the same and they found a way to resolve it!! I just need to know its possible. I have never met or heard of anyone who's child can't even take a nap without waking!!!