How to get 6 month old to sleep on a schedule and stop fighting sleep?
My 6 month old is terrible at sleeping. He fights sleep even though he's sleepy, by rubbing his eyes as if he can rub off whatever is making his eyelids heavy. He will rub and rub and rub, forcefully and every few minutes. He needs me to rock and cuddle him to sleep, but it takes forever because again he fights sleep, only for him to wake up an hour later or as soon as I've put him down. Either way I have to start all over again. Since he's at the age where he still needs 16-20 hours of sleep, I'm literally wasting entire days just attempting to put him to sleep. He won't stay down for the night until after 11pm. Now he's taken to playing late at night when it should be sleep time. It's 1am as I'm typing this, and only now has he quieted down. He should be asleep by 9pm, or 10 at the latest. The things I've tried give inconsistent results. Swaddling works only sometimes. Crying it out has worked less often and is the most stressful route. White noise and "womb sounds" no longer have effect on him. I've tried cosleeping as well as giving him his own space, but neither seem to make a difference. I've let him decide when he will sleep (not like I have much choice) but when given the choice he will keep himself awake until he's so exhausted that he will be crying and cranky, yet he won't sleep. He used to fall asleep to feedings, but not anymore, even though he's drinking more at this age. Tiring him out buys me only a short pause. How do I get him to stop fighting sleep and go down on schedule? Neither of us can go on like this and the crying is pissing off the neighbors.