Typically what we do is give him his nukie, touch his back, and let him get comfortable. Kyra seems to get him to sleep just by rubbing his back. Until tonight, I wasn't able to do it because I would let him have his stuffed tiger, which he would mess around with while lying down. It would keep him awake, but if I took it away, he would scream.
Now that I've realized it keeps him awake, I take it away from him earlier, and he seems to be less upset about it. I have a theory that perhaps he just doesn't get that he needs to stop moving around to go to sleep, so I've tried holding one of his arms down on his belly and holding his feet so he doesn't rub his eyes, kick, wiggle, try to grab something, or sit up. It's worked quite well, and he calms down, but perhaps it's too much intervention.
We've read a lot about sleep and everything. We have a bedtime routine, and he usually falls asleep while mommy's nursing him. We don't talk when we go in when he wakes up. So the problem is when he wakes up and needs to go back to sleep, he just doesn't seem to know how. Any ideas anyone?
P.S. I miss ballroom dance. :*(