She is an extremely happy, smiley, chatty baby! She rarely cries. I feel that napping in my arms is great for her! So I feel guilty when trying to get her to nap alone. But I am going a bit nuts, sitting on the couch for hours on end every day.*
So my question - is this a developmental phase that she will overcome herself? In which case i can just keep doing what I'm doing and wait it out? Or do I need to teach her to sleep alone using some kind of gentle methods?
I'd love to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience!
Strangely, she was a good night sleeper from early on, she sleeps in a crib attached to our bed, waking only 1-2 times during the night to feed. If I had to change her nappy and she fully awoke, I could still put her in her bed and she would fall asleep herself! But can't do it for naps! (However at 4-months she started waking 4-5 times per night for feeds and has been doing it ever since! But that is another issue I guess, it's her naps that I find most tiring).*
Things I've tried that haven't worked:
- putting her down when awake but drowsy.*
- putting her down when in solid sleep
- patting, shushing, singing
- putting her down nestled next to me
- feeding lying down - she falls asleep but wakes after 1/2 hour even with me still next to her.*
- nap time 'routine' of singing, closing all curtains in our unit, nursing.*
- she also won't sleep in the sling or the pram! So I'm restricted to the couch during all her naps!