My youngest is 7 months old. Officially, he sleeps in a bassinet next to our bed. In reality, his mostly sleeps in my arms on the couch.
Initially, he would only sleep this way or in his swing (not swinging). I think he was 2 months old when he started being ok with the bassinet. Things were going mostly well for a while, but things have gotten worse lately. He wakes up MAYBE 30 minutes after we put him in the bassinet. He'll stay asleep far, far longer in my arms.
I think our current problem is a result of three things:
1. I was never good about "putting him down while drowsy," because it didn't work. He had to be held or perhaps bounced in his bouncy seat. I probably should have tried harder, but I have yet to figure out this transition.
2. I sometimes just fall asleep during late night feedings, resulting in a stretch of us both asleep on the couch. (Currently, with the way I sit and hold him, I believe he's perfectly safe from either falling or smothering. I know, of course, it's NOT the safest or most anti-SIDS situation! I'm trying to avoid it as much possible.)
3. He's teething. I'm sure it both wakes him up and makes him need more comfort.
Some things to know....
He's a pretty needy baby. Nothing like our 1st son who was SO easy to care for.
He still sleeps swaddled. Trying naps without a swaddle hasn't been very successful yet.
We don't want to move him to his crib until he's doing better sleeping through the night, because he'll share a room with his brother (2.5 years old).
He's currently bottle fed.
The length of his naps is pretty inconsistent, but he usually gets two decent ones (at least 30 minutes, sometimes up to 2 hours) plus a cat nap. It's a similar struggle.
Thoughts on how I can improve this situation?