I'm slowly trying to stop picking Ava up every time she wakes up during her nap (if I know she is fed and doesn't need a change). When I put her down, she usually wakes up after about 10 minutes whining, wanting to be picked back up. I'm trying to just console her with words and by rubbing her belly and giving her paci to her.
It's so hard to just not pick her up and get her back to sleep, but I want her to learn to soothe herself to sleep. At the same time, DH is home during the day since he works nights and I don't want her crying to wake him up.
I'd also love to be able to just lay her down when she is drowsy without her laying there awake for 10 minutes and then crying. She won't go to sleep without being held. Maybe this is normal at this age, but being a FTM I have so many questions on when to start trying new things.