(I've scoured the internet and books about this issue but maybe you guys can shed some light.)
My 5 month old has an interesting habit of waking up frequently from 7 p.m. bedtime until midnight. I nurse him to sleep (bad!). I've tried to put him in drowsy and he absolutely freaks out. He wakes up and wails 3-4xs and DH usually caves and gives him a bottle around 10 or 11. (I'm EBF.) But THEN will sleep 8 hours on his own perfectly fine! Sometimes a feeding doesn't help at all so I don't think he's hungry. Maybe?
We've tried an earlier bedtime, stuck to a very good nap schedule, holding off that dreamfeed, increasing feedings during the day, etc. I suspect he just can't fall asleep on his own and wakes up every sleep cycle. Isn't the first part of the night deep sleep? I don't get it.
Should I offer formula before bedtime? CIO when he's 6 months? He really escalate when he cries. It's not like he fusses and then calms down... Trying to avoid CIO but "teaching him to fall asleep on his own" otherwise is not working.