How do you know when its time to start thinking about dropping LO's 3rd nap of the day? DD usually wakes between 6:30 and 7am and goes to bed around 8pm. In order to make it through the day, we usually have 2 long naps and a 3rd short cat nap around 4:30 or 5pm.
The first 2 naps of the day are a breeze to put her down for and she will be asleep in 5 minutes tops, but the afternoon nap is reaaaaaally hard and she'll babble, play, kick, and fuss in her crib for up to 30 minutes and sometimes even longer if I let her. Sometimes its pointless to even let her sleep after that point because then she's napping too close to her bedtime, so I'll go and get her and we skip the 3rd nap. This leads to her being VERY tired even if we make bedtime earlier than normal.
I have been trying to push her bedtime up to about 7:15 or 7:30, but the problem is that she sometimes she will end up drinking less formula, which I don't feel very comfortable with since she already eats on the low end of the daily recommended amount.
Should I just consider dropping nap #3 or just persist on and hope that some days she will sleep and if nothing else, encourage some alone crib time by herself?