My DD is almost 6 months and always nurses to sleep at night and for naps. Until recently, she'd easily go down and stay asleep in the sling for her naps. Or sometimes I'd just hold her. We co-sleep at night, and I can nurse her down and then sneak away for maybe 20 minutes. Same for naps. I'm finding that now she either won't fall asleep, or wont sleep long enough in the sling and seems a bit grumpy for it. It's like there is just too much happening to sleep if she's not in a quiet room with me. If I stay with her in bed she'll nap for 1-2 hours in the afternoon, nursing on and off.
I have a 3 year old DS also, so the long naps with baby don't work. I've tried sneaking away from dd but she is up in 10-20 minutes. DS is energetic and curious and, well, three, so needs supervision - I get nervous even as I'm nursing down the baby, let alone staying with her too long. Last week, DS managed to undo a deadbolt and the lock on our door and let himself outside, and i had to quickly unlatch baby, grab her, and run after him! So much for a nap after that! DS does not nap, so I can't take advantage of his nap time at all!
Anyways, are there any gentle ways to get my baby to sleep on her own for a longer time? Ways that are achievable while keeping up with a 3-year old!!