Help! My new charge is 8 months old and has been held for every nap his entire life. His former nanny was an elderly lady who sat in the rocking chair for the baby's naps. I refuse to do this. I have other things that need to be done like caring for 4 other children, cooking, cleaning, and idk...eating lunch or going pee! He detests the swing and stands right up if I put him in the crib. I've tried laying him down once asleep but he wakes up immediately every time. I let him cry today and he went on for over an hour before I couldn't take it anymore. I swaddled him tight and put him in the swing where he finally fell asleep. There has got to be a better way so I come to you all for help.
Before I get bashed for letting him cry. Just know that he's a manipulator! I know it's quite incredible at such a young age but as soon I come into view, he quiets right down and smiles. There aren't even any tears and snot! I've never in all my years of taking care of kids come across an infant that can shut it off like that. I see acting in his future.