Could anyone give me advice on how to settle my 6mo for a successful daytime nap. He is a great sleeper at night but finds it hard to sleep for more than 20 mins at a time in the day. This didn't use to worry me as I just let him sleep when he needed it but he is waking up still tired and however hard I try I cannot get him back down even though he is crying, yawning, rubbing eyes etc. Has anyone got any tips?
When do you put him down for naps? My dd2 is 6.5mo now, I put her down just before 9am and 1pm. I feed to sleep, are you breastfeeding or formula? If I try to delay naps she gets overtired and won't settle for long. Have you read 'healthy sleep habits, happy child'? I found it very enlightening with dd1 and it is serving me well with dd2 too. I don't agree with him on controlled crying, but there loads of other stuff in there that really helped.
I can't really suggest anything, but my 10 month old was exactly the same and it has taken him this long to finally start sleeping longer. He was just a cat napper, and still is for at least one nap, but usually has a semi decent nap for at least 45 mins -1.5 hours now.
I tried everying, nap extending - letting him cry and stay in his cot til he fell asleep again, but this just stressed us both out and didn't work. I ended up accepting that he had short naps and just used to put him down for about 3/4 naps a day....