I?ve seen a few other posts about this topic, but no real solutions, which reinforces my fear that there is nothing I can do about this, but here goes?
How can I make my baby?s naps longer? His crib naps never last longer than 30-40 minutes. So most days his total nap time is between 1.5 hours and 2 hours. The poor kid is exhausted all day and is ready for another nap a mere hour and 15 minutes after getting up from the last one. He will sleep longer if I hold him, about 1.5 hours, but I feel like we?re past the stage where this is a good idea. He used to nap longer in the RnP, but after I observed him try to roll over in it, I decided that wasn?t a safe option.
I don?t understand why daytime sleep is so different than night! Why can he sleep for hours in his crib at night but top out at 40 minutes during the day? The only thing that is different is that he?s in footed PJs and a sleep sack at night.
Also, I always have to nurse him before his nap because there is no other way to make him sleepy (he no longer takes a pacifier or tolerates rocking). However, it doesn?t seem to matter whether I nurse him to sleep or let him fall asleep on his own. It?s still a short nap. Should I try buckling him in to the RnP? Commit to holding him for one nap a day so he gets a good nap? Or do I just accept that this is the way my baby is and hope starting day care in September will improve his napping?
While obviously I would prefer longer naps so I can get things done, my main concern is that he seems tired all day and I can?t seem to help him.
On a related note, if my LO isn?t a ?nap-anywhere? kind of baby, is that just how he is and I can?t do anything to change it? We go to a weekly ?play date? with a couple other teachers and he will not sleep in someone else?s crib, which means he?s up for quite a while on those days. He will not fall asleep in his stroller, play mat, swing, etc. Just wondering.
I feel like a failure. Any thoughts or advice are appreciated.