I'd really appreciate some advice as I'm quite frazzled at the minute. My lb is not really a fan of sleep... screams and thrashes until he tires himself out usually. He fights every nap and bedtime and has a really, really hard time settling to sleep.
He won't nap in the pram or car seat anymore which means it is very difficult to take him anywhere because he'll cry and scream endlessly. He sometimes stays awake 4-6 hours at a time despite my efforts to get him to sleep. He is a very active and alert little guy and seems to tire easily-pulling at his ears, rubbing eyes and grinding face into his playmat. These sleepy cues seem unreliable though because they appear 1.5-2 hours even after a good 2 hour nap. And despite his obvious tiredness (sometimes exhaustion), he will not sleep lol.
Here's our not so EASY routine. He suffers from chronic constipation and trapped wind which affects his eating (doesn't take full feeds so we offer him little and often where possible).
NW 10:30pm - resettled
NW 3:05-4:25am - feed
WU at 7:30AM
E 8:50am - breakfast
S 9:35 - 10:05am
E 2:30pm - lunch
E -5:30pm - dinner
NW 00:30am - feed
WU 6am crying, agitated
E 9am - rest of milk and breakfast
S 2:50-3:30pm - hysterical, 30 mins of resettling
NW 3:15am - feed
E 1:20pm - lunch
E 6:10pm - dinner
Nights are hit and miss with 1-2 wakenings; always a nightfeed and then sometimes can't resettle and is awake crying and frustrated for 1.5 hours. Typically, he gets around 8.5-9.5 hours broken sleep at night.
We're working on helping him to settle to sleep... mostly shush/pat with some pu/pd if necessary. His inability to settle to sleep is the biggest problem but I think I'm getting the timing of his naps wrong on top of that!
So my question is, should I be pushing his activity times further despite his seeming tiredness? I've read about the 3-2 transition but I just don't know. It seems to me like he needs 3 naps but he won't take them and so is tired and irritable.
Any advice is most welcome. Thank you