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Frustrated with naps

C will go to bed every night around 7pm with no problem.  I change her, put her in pj's and a sleep sack, nurse her, read a book, lay her down in her crib and leave.  Even if she's awake, she will happily lay there until she falls asleep whether it's in 5 minutes or an hour.  Naps however - she freaks out.  I do the same thing, change her, put her in a sleep sack, rock and nurse, read a book, lay her down (and 9 times out of 10 she is falling asleep while eating, so I know she is tired), and she will scream.  I have no clue why.  If I pick her back up and nurse her, she immediately falls asleep.  I have been so frustrated that lately I just let her sleep on me or in the car, but I really need to get her in a good nap routine so I can get things done and have some one on one time with Owen.  Any tips or advice?  I was thinking of getting blackout curtains for her room, but other than that I am clueless.  

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  • My first thought was whether her room was dark enough.  The girls had a hard time during naps if it was too bright.  Do you use white noise?  If not, could the daytime noises be too loud for her to fall asleep?
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  • We still struggle with "real naps" because Cam is super fussy. I finally gave up on the idea of a nap scheudle because we are on the go so much with Jocelyn's schedule. I just take naps where I can get them, and usually that is in the car seat coming/going to places or the swing. He will usually get one real nap in his crib, but he will wake up screaming and I will have to rock him and feed him back to sleep. I am not sure what the issue can be.  I think I have just had to let it go and be happy with where he will sleep. Have you tried the swing? It sucks but I am just dealing with it! He's still taking like 5 little naps a day, it is crazy.
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  • Dylan was notorious for his 30 minute naps.  It was horrible.  I eventually had to do CIO at about 4-6 months and it took some time but he is finally napping consistently twice a day for an hour and a half each nap.  I've heard good things about the book happiest baby on the block.  Have you tried a RockNPlay?  Dylan didn't like to be flat on his back and the RNP finally gave us some quality naps and night time sleeping before he went to the crib.


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  • In addition to trying a swing (Natalie would only nap in a swing), try a bouncer (my Claire would only nap in a bouncer -- she had to be different!).
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