|Shawn's method of putting Eliza down for a nap, join in!|
So, after MONTHS of struggle, countless articles read, talking to friends and family about nap time, I've decided, if you can't beat them, join them. If she closes her eyes and all she does is sleep for 20 minutes in my arms, well, at least she got 20 minutes. I'll try again in another 2 hours and see if she will take a better nap. And if I get more than 20 minutes, if I successfully put her down in her crib and she stays asleep for an hour, it's time to celebrate! But if she wakes up just a few minutes after I put her down, we've instituted quiet time. She gets to play in her crib, and I get to shower, or eat lunch, or whatever is at the top of my agenda. It's only been an attitude adjustment on my part, and it's only been a week, but it's already made a difference. Not on Eliza's napping, that is still as strange as ever. But giving in, not struggling to get her to take two good naps every day, not worrying that she's not getting enough sleep has made it so much easier on me. I'll still try every day. I'll still watch her after she's been awake for 2 hours, and try to catch those first signs of drowsiness. But I'm no longer going to feel like a failure if she only sleeps for a 30 minutes instead of 3 hours.