Napping is becoming an issue in my household. Just when LM is doing well at night (sleeping from around 10-7 with one middle of the night feed), our naps are starting to get worse.
We try to follow the EASY (eat, activity, sleep, your time) routine and generally we do okay. But--since LM usually likes to eat every 2-3 hours, when he only will nap for 20-30minutes but can't "activity" long enough to fill the gap without crankin' out....we're not doing so well.
I know he needs to be sleeping at least 45 min at a time....but would fare much better if he'd sleep an hour at a time. He'll sleep an hour or so around 830ish every morning but then does the cat nap thing for the rest of the day. He wakes up happy and smiley so I feel guilty trying to put him back down to extend his naps. Consequently, I end up with a cranky monkey by the evening...causing him to crash around seven and sleep for a good chunk....but not down for the night...causing in issue with clusterfeeding that I swear might push into STTN territory if we could only do it more consistently in the evenings.
So, in case my ramblings have lost you....I need him to nap better all day so I can have him awake enough in the evening to feed him more so he'll sleep through the night......so I can be sane (which really is the endgoal to everything in motherhood).
I try the swing, me, the crib, a carrier, the couch etc etc etc for him to nap on and they pretty much get the same results. At night he's in his Halo Swaddle Sack but it's too hot for the day over regular clothes. He can bust out of his swaddling blankets or swaddling him wakes him up...so they're not working. He also cannot be lain down drowsy to put himself to sleep. He wakes right up and is happy go lucky. The only time this works is in the swing...but that's a habit I don't want to be long term.
Basically, I'm at a loss. It's so hard to know that my baby needs more sleep to benefit him in oh so many ways ad I can't figure out how to help him do it. I'm afraid of getting desperate enough that I let him sleep in all sorts of crazy ways and form bad sleeping habits. He'll be three months old tomorrow and from what I've read, that's the slow beginning of forming good sleep habits.
And here we are, on the cusp of it, and we're heading in the wrong direction. This is what I get for getting excited about him sleeping in his crib :-/