My son just turned 8 months old and seems to be just flourishing. We are so proud of him and enjoy our time with him immensly. We enjoy all of our time with him except for nap time and bed time. On a rare occasion he will lay for a few minutes and drop right off to sleep. The usual thing that happens is, he screams or thrashes around, or plays with anything he can get his hands on (crib bumper, lovey blanket, pacifer, even his own hands!) If he'll lay still he usually can fall asleep farely easily, it's like he knows he's tired and what's gonna happen if he settles down...
I guess we did this to ourselves, but for the first 6 months someone held or rocked or layed with until he went to sleep and then we'd move him to the crib. The only problem with that was, the older he got the harder it was to move him and lay him down without him waking up. So we decided last month to start having him fall asleep as much as possible (unless we're out somewhere) by himself. I figured that would be easier too, because then if he woke up at night...maybe he'd be able to soothe himself back to sleep? We have a lullaby CD that he turns on when we go into the bedroom and he turns it off when he wakes up. I stay in the room with him until he falls asleep (usually laying him back down over and over but trying not to talk once the hugs and kisses are done at the start). The first few times I stayed in the room with him but out of his line of sight, that lasted for over an hour and no success with a nap. Now I am on the bed right beside the crib or standing beside the crib. I want to be able to just lay him down with his music and leave the room with him being able to fall asleep on his own, but he gets himself so worked up, it's well over an hour and he's still either screaming or playing. I guess what I'm asking is:
How long should he be sleeping at 8 months (naps and night)?
Any tips on making sleep times more smooth?
Is this something that will just get easier as time goes by?