Dear parents or other care-takers of small babies: HELP!! Our daughter is a sleep-hater to the extreme. She fights it like a crazy person, no matter what we do. I am beside myself, and would love some stories from the field. Books are, I dunno, bleaah when it comes to interaction.
Here's the gist of what I've gathered at the theoretical level: the two opposing schools of thought are attachment parenting, which sometimes involves co-sleeping and rocking or nursing your babies to sleep until they're older (how old I do not know), and then the develop-independence-in-your-baby approach, which involves letting the baby cry himself to sleep. Within the independence camp is Tracy Hogg, author of "The Baby Whisperer," who advocates an in-between approach. You never leave the baby by himself to cry for long periods of time, but instead you pick him up out of the crib to comfort him, and when he is calm, lie him back down. When he cries again, you pick him up and hold him just long enough for comfort, then lie him down. Evidently you may have to do this 100 times when you first try, but it decreases significantly each time as he realizes he's not going to win. Has anybody tried this?
We have gotten Z to fall asleep in her wind-up swing for much of her life...until the last few weeks. That, or I would nurse her to sleep. But she is on to those and every other trick in our arsenal. She'll nurse alright, but when I try to wiggle away, she wakes up and is a fouler mood than when I first laid her down. She is driving us a little nuts.