Oh the crankiness!
I am babysitting a one year old for my friend while her and her boyfriend are working and their son is so cranky. He is teething and extremely tired. I have tried everything. Giving him his bottle, holding him, bouncing him, walking around with him, feeding him, changing him, tried a teething ring, tried distracting him with toys, laying him down so he can take a nap. He wants nothing to do with any of it. Normally with my own kids if I have tried everything under the sun I just let them cry it out until they fall asleep. The problem with that is that
A. He's not my kid
B. She babys him like crazy still. She still holds him and feeds him his bottle and rocks him until he falls asleep. Picks him up every time he cries. Seeing as how he's a huge mommy's boy that's all he wants when he's tired and cranky and wants none of it from me.
I don't mind watching him because he's a good kid but when it comes to nap time or bed time he's such a challenge. I don't know what to do. I put him in the pack and play with his bottle and a blanket and pillow and walked away and he seems like he calmed down but now I feel like I am being a bad babysitter. :/
So, crying it out may be the route baby takes, despite all of your efforts.
We will try ibuprofen when the pain gets that bad--you'd have to see if Mommy minds that, though.
You are doing the best you can, and if that baby wants his mama, your best just isn't going to cut it and it's silly for you to continue holding him and rocking him when that's not what he wants. It's one thing to leave a baby crying when there are still other options, and completely another when you are unable to give them what they want and don't have a way to "fix" it... which in this case, unless you can magic yourself into looking, sounding, smelling, and being his mother - I don't think you can ;)