My son is just turning 9 months and his sleep has progressively become more interrupted. He struggles on most nights to fall asleep despite his relaxing routine of bath time, massage with coconut oil and lavender, then story, then nursing in the family bed in which we've co-slept since day one. He doesn't cry or anything of the sort just crawls around, tries climbing the walls to stand, pulls at my face and laughs (which then often causes me to laugh...not helpful I realize). After 10 minutes of this I will take him to the living room with 1 toy and the lights dimmed so he can hopefully learn that beds aren't for playing. This continues for about an hour until he finally sleeps but then proceeds to wake up nearly every hour to nurse for 12 hrs until morning.
* he falls asleep by 9 usually to wake up for 9am. He naps at around 1pm for 40minutes max and at around 330 for 1.5 hours or so
**he hardly nurses through the day comparative to his nighttime feedings
*** co-sleeping is important to our family and we do not believe in CIO methods or anything of the like
What can I be doing to better assist him in getting adequate sleep for his age? I'm a FTM so any advice is appreciated.