DD is 7.5 months old and is a craptastic napper. She is an ok night sleeper, but a horrible napper. Before going back to work, multiple friends told me not to stress too much and that our daycare would get her on a schedule. They were wrong. Our daycare is ready to pull their hair out over their attempts to get her to take a nap. There are days that we pick her up and she has slept for a total of 30mins all day.
She takes slightly better naps on the weekends but we have to really work for it. I feel like we've tried just about everything - we've rocked her all the way to sleep with ~50% success rate. When we are unsuccesful it is b/c when we go to put her in her crib, she wakes up and starts screaming. It's crazy, her eyes pop WIDE open and she is no longer asleep, let alone drowsy. She is WIDE awake. Same thing happens when we put her in her crib drowsy but awake. As soon as we lay her down, she is WIDE awake and unhappy.
We've tried going back in and rocking her back to sleep, with little success, we've tried letting her cry it out with periodic check-ins, with no success and we've just let her cry for a little with limited success. With the CIO, sometimes she falls asleep after 10-15 mins, sometimes she falls asleep after 30-40 and sometimes not at all. To clarify, when I say CIO, she isn't screaming the whole time, it's periods of screaming, whimpering, silence, etc. I wouldn't let me kid scream for 40 mins.
I know she needs to sleep as prior to starting naptime, she is rubbing her eyes, yawning and just generally getting cranky. I've tried whisking her upstairs at the first signs of her being tired and I've also tried waiting until I see a few eye rubs or yawns. Doesn't seem to make a difference.
I hate that napping is such a struggle for her when she so clearly needs it. Any advice? TIA.