how long is she up before you put her back again??? they should be up for an hour then back to bed again..... that is including fed, nappy kick and cuddles....
I am a firm believer in whatever works. I also have rocked the bassinet and the pram and when he wakes i re rock the him again until he goes back to sleep. also now he goes down in the cot quite happily on his own.
My general rule is an hour and a half during the day. It has been since 7 weeks. She wakes up, I get her up and give her a bottle, then we play, then she sits in her bouncer and plays with a dangling toy (well sort of plays, she's just starting to reach out for things and they go straight in her mouth, haha) to unwind a little bit after the stimulation of tummy time and general play. Sometimes, usually for her first sleep of the day, she'll go back to sleep after an hour. Sometimes, before her lunch/early afternoon sleep she wants to stay up a little bit longer. She is a VERY alert baby though, wants to be included and involved in everything.
Yawning (after she has been up a while, not straight away) is a good sign that she is getting tired. Rubbing eyes or pulling ears are both over tired signs and that's when I put her straight off to bed, slowly though or she gets grumpy. If I leave it even 5 minutes after she starts rubbing her eyes she can be a royal pain in the ass to settle! Occasionally she does get tired quickly and I don't realise so I'll give her the dummy while she's sitting in the bouncer and she'll go straight off to sleep. At that point I'll always put her to bed rather than letting her sleep in the bouncer because I know she'll only ever sleep one cycle in the bouncer, even on a good day. She has also been known to take a nap on the play mat. This is fine if she hasn't been up very long and I want to do something in another room. Gives me enough time to get little things done, when she stirs she'll usually want to stay up a little bit longer before going off to bed.
I am simply amazed at how much better she sleeps in her cot though. I put her down in the cot for a sleep yesterday afternoon (she's been in a bassinet since birth) and she slept 3 hours in the late afternoon then 10.5 hours last night! Normally she'd wake around 1:30am for a bottle. What a nice feeling to wake up at 6:30am after the first full 8 hour, undisturbed sleep I've had in more than 3 months and be able to get up and have breakfast before she's even awake! grin