My little girl is almost 6 months old and she sleeps in bed with my husband and I. I nurse her down at night and nurse frequently throughout the night, as she wakes up. I am worried because she doesn't go down for naps very easily and when she does, sometimes she only sleeps for 30-45 min and I can tell that she's still tired but she won't go back to sleep. Sometimes at night, it can also be hard to put her to sleep, even when she is clearly tired. So the whole sleep issue is difficult for us but I am worried that somehow I am doing something that is making it difficult for her to get the sleep that she needs. She is, overall, a very happy baby and is very attached to my husband and I but doesn't let others hold her for very long. She does get fussy at times, when she appears to be tired, but seems to fight going to sleep quite often. I am very against letting her CIO and whenever she wakes up from naps or sleep crying, I immediately go in and attempt to nurse her back to sleep. Maybe it's just her temperament that makes it difficult for her to sleep easily but I feel like I must be doing something wrong. She really has difficulty taking a nap if we are not at home, even if I am able to lay down and nurse her in a quiet room. I feel like I can't go out with her because she won't get the sleep that she needs unless I stay at home. The only thing that sometimes works is the sling, but even with that she fights going in the sling at first and has to be REALLY tired to finally give in to falling asleep in it.
Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I do get tired sometimes and my little girl won't even let her dad put her back to sleep at night (she only wants me).
Also, I would love to find other attachment parents in my area but didn't see any groups listed in Northern California. I live in Vallejo, CA (San Francisco Bay Area, also close to Sacramento).
Thanks for the support.