I held him, I rocked him for 20 minutes.
As soon as I put him down he woke up.
Woe is me
flutiefrostie:Rocking to sleep NEVER works for us. DS wakes up as soon as we put him down. When we put him down awake and soothe him in his crib, he does much better. It really depends on the baby.
Ditto this. We'd rub her tummy and stroke her nose and within minutes she'd be sleeping soundly all night long.
Man, I wished that worked for us, the soothing in the crib thing.
What's bizarre is he goes down like a dream for his morning nap, but the afternoon one is a gong show.
We called our son the Orbit Gum kid. He'd be zonked and then the second his head hit the mattress big gummy grin like HELLLLOOOOOO!
White noise is your friend. Turn on a blowdryer and see if that lulls him back to sleep. It worked for us. We had a white noise machine, too. The loud humming one. That'll help keep him sleeping.
It gets better, eventually, and then you have something else to contend with, like him chasing the dog, LOL!
Yeah, it has yet to work for us. FYI, I never responded to your questions on naps. I have the No Cry Nap Solution and am trying to follow her suggestions for catnappers. Mainly I'm trying to catch him at the moment he starts to stir, but before he is awake, and do something to soothe him to put him back to sleep - replacing a pacifier, putting my hand on his tummy, turning the vibrate or swing function back on if he's in a bouncer or rocker. I've had mixed results, more negative than positive, but it has worked a couple of times.
Now I'm back at work so it's harder to really expect results when I'm only able to do it on weekends - the grandparents have been doing a lot of sitting for us this month, and it's hard to explain the techniques to them and even harder to expect them to sit around and do it. So for now I've just resigned myself to the fact that he's a catnapper for now and hope he'll grow into longer naps.