I'm in a bit of a tiz about getting my 6 month old to nap. She sleeps ok at night. Asleep by 6:30pm and up the next day around 6:30am- 2 or 3 wakings in the night.
Morning naps are ok. About 1 hour and 45 mins after she wakes up, we read a few stories, I put her in her sleeping bag suit, sit with her in the rocking chair and when she's drowsy, put her in the cot. Sometimes she sleeps 45 mins other time 1.5 hour and occasionally 2 hours!
The next nap I follow the same routine, although try to give her 15 mins more awake time.
The problem lately is that she is not wanting to be held or rocked in the rocking chair. She sqiurms and kicks, so I just put her in the cot and walk out. She plays for a while...sometimes up to 20 minutes before then deciding to cry. I go in, shush her, roll her on her side (if she lets me...this too is a battle) and pat her bum and leave agian. She starts crying straight away and I try to leave her fro a min or 2 but find that very difficult. i go back in...by now she has been awake for over 3 hours and clearly OT!! In the end I pick her up and basically hold her so tight in my arms she cant kick and rock her and eventually she goes to sleep...if not I have been taking her for a drive in the car, where she goes to sleep straight away!
Hubby things I'm stressing too much about it but you can't leave a 6 month old up from 1pm until bedtime at 6:30...can you!?
I guess I'm wanting to know what others do. How long do I leave her to cry? Is it ok to pick her up when she cries or does that defeat the purpose of leaving her to cry in the first place? Is it classed as self-settling when I put her in awake but drowsy...even though I have helped her to get sleepy?
Sorry....lots of q's but I think I have read too many books that make me feel like by this age, you put the baby in the bed, they go to sleep oin their own and sleep for 2 hours! HA!