We haven't talked or complained about naps for a while...but here I go.
Colin is now down to 2 naps a day. We've got a good schedule for them - 9am and 1/1:30 consistently. He wakes up around 7am and is in bed around 7pm. I no longer rock Colin to sleep - he falls asleep in his crib (with me sitting in the room until he's asleep). I make sure that he's got a full tummy when he falls asleep so that hunger doesn't wake him up.
So far so good, right? The problem? Unless he's in the stroller the naps are 45 minutes long...or less (ie 1 1/2 hours total for the day). During the week I can usually get him to nap at least once in the stroller, so he'll have one nap which is about 1 1/2 hours, and those days are ok. Days like today where both naps are in the crib can be challenging - it's just not enough daytime sleep and he's cranky all day.
The other problem is the inconsistency of the length. I listened and read suggestions from those mom's with good nappers and have tried getting him back to sleep when he wakes up and/or stalking his door around the time I think he'll wake up, but I just can't get it to work. Yesterday I stalked his door and he didn't wake up - he actually had a nap in his crib for 90 minutes! I thought we were on track for a new schedule...and then today I planned to stalk his door and he woke up after 35 minutes and 40 minutes so I missed both opportunities. When he did wake up I spent 15 minutes trying to get him back to sleep. He was so upset that I picked him up. I nursed him to calm him and he fell asleep - until I tried to put him back in the crib.
When he naps in the stroller he generally wakes up around 45 minutes (I know, transition time) and I jiggle the stroller and he falls asleep. I can't figure out what to do though in his crib.
Am I alone? Any suggestions?