My 9 month old has always been a great sleeper. He slept 8 hours at 3 weeks old and now generally sleeps 12. He got a cold 2 months ago, and started crawling this week, and we had to rock and cuddle him to get him to sleep. Now for every nap and his night time routine he cries and screams. I can hold him and rock him to sleep and he cries until he's asleep. If I try to lay him in his crib, he screams and rolls around. If I get him to sleep in my arms once I lay him in his crib he wakes up and cries.
I have thought about doing the whole lay him down awake, pick him up if he cries, and lay him down when he's calm. But I can't clam him down until he's asleep and then I lay him down and he cries. This goes on for 3 hours until finally he stays asleep when we lay him down.
I'm not sure what to do, but I hate seeing him cry. I'd like to get him on a routine for the whole day, until he got sick he had a routine that he stuck to. Now he goes about 5 hours before I can get him to nap, which would be fine if he slept enough, but his nap is only lasting 20-30 mins. He looks so tired all day.
What did you do? How did you get your baby in a routine at this age?
Thanks in advance.