My 7 month old DD has 2 or 3 naps a day, depending on timing and how close the last one cuts to bed time. Her naps can be anywhere from 30 mins to 1.5 hours. I figured she had learnt how to go back to sleep after a sleep cycle as she sleeps a long stretch at night and sometimes has the long day naps, so I usually go in to get her when I see that she's woken on the baby monitor, before she cries.
Today she had only slept 30 mins at her second nap and I saw that she was awake but I had so many things to do I thought I'd leave her for a bit and go in if she starts to cry; she looked around and chewed on her blanket, it took about 20 mins but she put herself back to sleep. Now I'm wondering if I shouldn't be going in to get her as soon as she wakes every other day. Is it normal for them to take a good 20 mins to cross a sleep cycle? I'm thinking I'll now leave her for a while after her short naps to see if she can go back to sleep, should I also try this after her longer naps or is it possible in those longer naps she's waking and going back to sleep quicker and without me realizing?