You could also lay him on his side. Particularly if he's swaddled, so he doesn't flail around. It can help to put a rolled up towel behind him and one in front, so he doens't flop over in either direction.
Check gripewater for alcohol --most of it has 40%, similiar to vodka. Some is made without, but then has a lot of preservatives (because alcohol is a preservative) in its place. The 'active' ingredient is fennel seed, which you can make for practically nothing at home: crush a teaspoon of seeds a bit, and pour boiling water over and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and cool. Use a dropper or small spoon to give 1/4 of a tsp. It will stay fresh in the fridge for about a week, but you can make it daily, if you want.
It sounds like your lad is expressing a clear preference for his sleeping situation. It may be difficult to talk him out of that.
at 1:27 PM on Sep. 21, 2009