I could have written your post just a couple of months ago! Jonathan was the champion power napper! 20 minutes and he was good to go! Well, he was still tired and would get irritable again quickly, but would just nap another 20 minutes. If I held him the whole time, 30-45 minutes was the limit. I have 5 other children. As much as I wish I had nothing else to do, holding him ALL day wasn't working. Those naps were not resting him well, so he'd want to be held always.
I asked about The No Cry Sleep Solution
and got several good reviews and one of my friends raved about it. I ordered it and within a few days, we were making progress. It's been almost a month and Jonathan is now taking 2 naps a day and they are now 1-1.5 hrs in length! Woohoo!!!
I still nurse him to sleep, but routine has been a GREAT thing for us! Our routine includes a lullaby cd and I love Butterfly Kisses
! I was just thinking about it today because I was nursing him without the cd and he was tired and snuggly, but that was it. I turned the music on and the eyes immediately started getting heavy and he was asleep in minutes.
Oh, AND he's sleeping in his crib!! That is HUGE! He's been in my bed since birth. Every time I tried his bed, he'd wake up crying. He's been sleeping in his crib for naps for 2 weeks and at night for the past week. I worked on just the naps first, then the night sleeping, then moving him into his bed. I LOVE having him in my bed, but dh has been on the couch for 9 months and we needed to fix that.
With our others, we had a king bed, but with our current queen, there isn't room for all three of us safely.
Sorry if this is disjointed and incoherent! It's getting late and I'm actually on my way to bed but I read this earlier and this is my first chance to log in and respond. I highly recommend that book! It's a lot of common sense with some practical helpful tips and advice. I felt silly ordering it. I mean, this is my sixth child! I do have some experience with babies! But I never had one who had such sleep issues before! I thought my girls were tough because they wanted to be nursed to sleep all the time. But then they slept. I don't mind nursing to sleep. it's nice for me to have those quiet moments just me and the baby. It was the not sleeping enough that I needed help with.