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The last couple of weeks have looked like this...
I rock her for about 10 to 15 minutes at most. Some days she gets very sleepy and other days she fidgets more and doesn't seem as tired. I don't read books b/c she tends to want to make it a game and run around her room so sometimes I tell her a short story when we first start rocking. That seems to help get her attention and keeps her from wanting to play. I lay her down with her lovies and walk out of the room. Some days she fusses/whines for anywhere from a few seconds to five minutes. After that she starts babbling. One day this week she talked for an hour and ten minutes before falling asleep. Today? She has been in there babbling off and on for an hour and a half. She was quite for about ten minutes and I really thought she was asleep. I guess not.
I do my best to put her down at the right time. Not too early, not too late. You can tell when she is overtired and that can backfire.
I really don't think she is done with naps. She is not even two! She has done pretty well the days we have skipped naps but those days we are usually around a bunch of people, so she is distracted. I think if it were just her and I at home then she would be a mess. A few of those times I know she was in full meltdown as we were just about to put her in bed.
It's just that having her awake for an hour and a half seems strange. I'm glad she isn't crying and I don't want to run back in there after too short of a time because I don't want her to think this is just time to play in her crib. I'm afraid she will start staying awake because she will be expecting me to come back in to get her. I want her to know it's time to sleep. Of course, I realize I cannot force her to sleep, but I'd like to encourage it. There have been days that I've finally gone back in a gotten her because it had been so long since I laid her down. My limit is usually an hour and a half.
What do you all think?
ETA: As I was typing this she finally seems to be asleep. It took about an hour and forty minutes. Am I not wearing her out enough because we are at home so much these days?