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Originally Posted by leomom
Cancat, Please share your nap routine-I've tried but I just can't seem to make one stick.
Sure thing! First of all, it's very cheat-y in that I haven't gotten to putting her down awake yet (don't want to screw up a good thing!).
Basically, I figured out that Arta gets cranky every 2-3 hours, and that cranky = sleepy. Nothing makes her happy, and she starts to rub her eyes, and kind of close them a little. Immediately I go to OUR BED lay her down, and either nurse her, or use the paci (see, I cheat), or encourage her use her thumb, etc. Then, after a few minutes of sleep, I tiptoe away (but now that she's rolling, I put her in the crib). Because she didn't fall asleep literally IN MY ARMS, she doesn't notice my absence as much.
She used to sleep only 30 minutes, but I lengthened the naps by:
1. lots of physically activity after nap (practicing rolling, knocking over blocks, etc)
2. getting her used to longer naps by taking her for hour-long strolls at nap-time, and by having "quiet time" if she woke up too early.
Also, I am fairly religious about the naps - if we're out for a stroll during nap time, I don't come home until at least 45 minutes are up.
oops, gotta go as naptime is up...will post more later!
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