any suggestions? We do the same routine as night (swaddle, nurse, put in crib), which she is great about, but the only way LO will nap is on me. Sometimes I can wrap her to me which is good, but I'd really like her to nap in her crib like she does so well at night. If it never happens, not a huge deal, but it would just be nice to get a break once in a while! thanks!
Or perhaps try a different routine to night time? My LOs have always napped differently during the day to how they sleep at night. I suppose a 5 month old is too young to 'think it through' but perhaps she knows the difference between needing a good sleep at night and needing a nap during the day. When you put her down in the same way, it could be confusing, like you're trying to make her have a 12 hour nap You could try putting her somewhere else to sleep, maybe a lie flat pushchair or on your bed with you (then put up a bedguard and you can try to leave once she's asleep).
My girls just turned a year and they are JUST starting to nap in their crib (as in we have successfully achieved co-napping twice now! ) Until now they would only nap either being held, being bounced, or in their car seats while we are out- hubby and I still take them on a drive a couple days a week just to ensure nap time success My only advice is do what works for her- if it's reasonable and you have the time to do it, of course- but this too shall pass- I PROMISE, you won't have to hold her when she's 10 to get her to sleep!
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