Hi there, just wondering if anyone has any advice or suggestions for my nap problem with my 5.5 month old. A bit of background - he is healthy and well, no medical issues. From 5 weeks old, he would only nap if being held - about a month ago, we did 4 nights at sleep school - and he hasn't been held for a nap since then. Hooray!
Sleep school (and just about every other book about baby sleep) tells me that he needs at least 1.5-2 hours sleep in the morning and early afternoon, and a catnap in the late afternoon. I can count the number of times that he has slept that long in the morning, since coming home from sleep school on two fingers. Their advice is just to keep trying to resettle him until the time is up - but 4 weeks down the track and there is no improvement on that front. He usually just squawks and squeals and chats to himself.
I've tried earlier nap time, later nap time (each for a few days)...I've tried turning the heater up. The room is completely blacked out.
Some things that I think may contribute to the problem:
- I have a toddler and our house isn't very big. The baby's room comes right off our lounge room which is the only play area for our toddler. Also with floorboards, sound travels straight into the baby's room which I fear is disrupting him.
- I know he doesn't last very long in the morning and I'm trying to put him down as soon as I see tired signs, which is usually between 1-1.25 hours of awake time.
If I am to be honest, his sleeping stresses me out to no end. I am worried about my own emotional state because I seem to spend so much time resettling him with no benefit. If he doesnt spend the 1.5-2 hours in the cot in the morning, we are chasing our tails the rest of the day and I am too scared to leave the house in case he falls asleep in the pram or car, ruining another nap.