6 month old sleep help. Sleep consultant?
Hi all, I wonder if anyone can offer any advice. My little one turned 6 months a week ago and gradually over the last 2 months he has turned from the most fabulous sleeper (woke once or twice between 7pm and 10pm then slept until 7am), to just plain horrific!!
From the moment I put him to bed at 7pm, he is up every hour or so. Originally I could rock him back to sleep but now it's progressed to feeding him back to sleep (he's breastfed). I've tried to not feed him but he screams and screams / arches his back / roots until I give in. I have a 3 year old too and if she's woken up, she has a huge tantrum about going back to bed so I'm between a rock and a hard place with regards to letting him cry or waking my daughter!
I've taken him to the GP and have ruled out any medical problems and even though he seems to have been teething (chewing) on and off for about 3 months, there are no signs of teeth. The whole family is utterly exhausted and we have no spare bedroom for either my husband or I to have a night off to recover. We have no family locally and no one to take him during the day so I can get some rest. My daughter was a tricky sleeper too but I managed her sleeping using some sleep training - mainly the no cry sleep solutions. I've tried these with my son and it feels like they've made him worse!! I feel like I'm at the point of desperation but I don't think I can cope with the heartbreaking crying / sobbing involved with the other techniques. I have a really strong emotional response to his cry and the one time he did fall asleep after some crying, I felt horrendous and cried myself. It's totally against my natural instincts.
So, what do I do?! We need sleep but I'm not prepared to let him cry?! Is this something too complex for me to manage alone and I'm wondering if it's worth spending hundreds of pounds on a sleep consultant? Help!!