She also has a lot of trouble napping. At night we co-sleep, and she sleeps really well, though it usually takes quite a long time to get her to sleep (nursing rocking bouncing). Naptimes - she won't sleep at all if it's just my husband and very little if it's a babysitter (only my sister and mom have watched her so far) - and with me, she rarely naps for more than 20-30 minutes at a time. She seems overtired a lot of the rest of the day.
I am so frustrated, and both my husband and I sometimes find ourselves speaking sharply to her and our (noisily exuberant) older daughter. I have a headache all the time fromt he noise and the carrying.... But she's a smart and delightful baby so much of the rest of the time. Help! I need ideas!
I just wanted to say that neither of my girls napped well during the day until they were at least 6 months old. Before that, it was 30-45 minutes a couple of times a day unless they were being held, and boy, were they tired.
My younger one is just about 6.5 months old, and she will play happily for about 20 minutes by herself right now, while everyone is doing other things around her, but no longer and then she hollars and screeches so someone will sit or lay down wherever she is playing. She is also higher needs than my first, and prefers me to everyone else, and when I come home from work, she screeches at me until I have picked her up.