I read about the people who are able to easily get their children to nap in their crib and I long for Edith to do the same. Instead I am lucky if once per month I get her to nap in her crib for more than 10 minutes. Honestly, some days I am lucky to get Edith to nap at all.
Most days Edith will take about 2-4 short naps. These naps are on me 99% of the time and are always after she has nursed herself to sleep. As much as I love the time to cuddle with her and hold her, because I know that this won’t last forever, it makes getting anything done during the day difficult. I end up sitting on the couch trying to work one-handed on writing blog posts or articles or read but most of the time I just end up watching Grey’s Anatomy or The Office (once Edith is passed out).
Some of you are probably saying I need to sleep train her.
Others are shaking your head at me saying see that’s what you get for always letting her nap on you since day one.
And I hope some of you are nodding to say you are or have been in the same boat as me.
Well let me tell you I have tried:
- Putting her down for a nap in her crib as soon as I see signs of sleepiness (rubbing eyes, yawning, etc.)
- I have put her in her crib and done some controlled cry it out
- I have nursed her to sleep and then put her right in her crib (only to have her wake up EVERY time she touches the mattress)
- I have nursed her to sleep and then held her until she seems to be in a deep(ish) sleep but then just like above I try to put her in her crib and she wakes up.
- I have nursed her on my bed until she falls asleep and let her sleep there (most successful)
- I have nursed her on the floor of the nursery until she falls asleep and let her sleep there (second most successful)
Ultimately I have given up. Unfortunately the only successful way I can get her to nap is if she is on me, so the dilemma is no nap or nap on me. I choose nap on me. I know this isn’t ideal but it’s what is working. That being said I am still longing for crib naps so that I could get work done during the day and not have to get up early or stay up late to get work done. I would love any tips or suggestions that you might have on how we might successfully get Edith to nap in her crib. Or at least tell me it’s a lost cause so I can just come to terms with it.
Does your baby nap in their crib? What is your technique, routine, etc to get them to do so?