During the day Harry falls asleep very well. He'll usually take two or three short naps throughout the day. This is how I found him while I was making dinner last night.
Excersaucing is tough work, I tell ya! This is what we had for dinner, in case you were wondering (and I know you were).
Crunchy onion chicken and a shit ton of steamed cauliflower. Tasty and very filling!
Anyways, back to the topic at hand. Sleeping. As I said Harry takes naps during the day and falls asleep with no problem. Nighttime has become a totally different story since he turned four months old.
I heard of something called the four month wakeful period, and I suspect that is what we're going through right now. From what I've read babies usually wake up multiple times per night, even those that previously slept through the night just fine. We haven't been experiencing that (yet... knock on wood!), but it has been very difficult to get Harry to fall asleep.
His last bottle of the day is usually around 8:30 and we'll try and put him to bed when he's done. Before this whole mess started Harry would fall asleep on his own within 15 minutes. Now, we're lucky if he's asleep by 10 o'clock. As soon as we put him down he'll start screaming and crying.
We'll pick him up and rock him to try and calm him down, which doesn't work very well. An extra two ounces of formula will usually calm him down enough so we can try again. If he falls asleep he'll sometimes wake back up five minutes later, so we'll have to try other methods of soothing him back to sleep; typically we try gripe water and a pacifier.
It's obvious he's so tired but just doesn't want to go to sleep. At this age babies are becoming more aware of their surroundings and are just interested in learning and doing things so sleep is the last thing they want to do.
Once he's asleep for real he does still sleep through the night thankfully. He'll wake up anytime between 8:30 and 9:30 in the morning (this morning he woke up at 8:45).
I'm really crossing my fingers that this is as bad as it gets, but who knows. There is something called sleep training that I might need to look in to. I know nothing about it and might not be right for us, but could be worth researching if this behavior keeps up.
I'd love some advice or resources used by other parents who've had troubles putting their infants to bed!