I've enjoyed reading the current SOS thread and everyone's thoughts so thought I'd post separately to ask what everyone has done in regards to catnapping.
I am a nanny and a doula so I do have a lot of experience with babies and sleeping, helping establish routines, etc. But I'm finding regardless of whatever experience I have I am constantly doubting that what I am doing is right. I think the experience actually plays against me because I have a lot of expectations instilled in me, knowing that babies can be 'good sleepers.' But I'm solely breastfeeding, tired and suffer from anxiety so I just don't feel confident sometimes.
I do kind of think DS is a good sleeper for his age. We have a nice bedtime routine of bath, cuddles, feeds and he wakes about twice to be fed but always just straight back to sleep, never unsettled.
He has a good 2-3 hour morning nap but I cannot get him past that first 45 minute sleep cycle for his lunch and afternoon sleep unless I cuddle him in the rocking chair and let him be held for the second sleep cycle. That's the only way I can get him into a deep sleep again where he doesn't wake the moment I try to walk away.
This is also the case when he first goes down at night, he wakes after 45 minutes and usually has to be fed back to sleep, but then sleeps 5-6 hours after that.
I'm certain his inability to transition between sleep cycles has to do with gradually getting more tired as the day progresses since he is fine for the morning sleep when he is well rested.
I'm not keen to let him cry, it causes me more anxiety. I'm fine with grizzling, I can tell the difference.
So what have you done that works for catnapping?
I'd like at least one more sleep to be nice and long and ok with the other being short. I'm scared to mess with his morning sleep since I know it's the only one he sleeps well for.