my daughter is about 8 months. getting her to take a nap is a trial in and of itself. but, that isn't my issue really. she takes 2 (occassionally but rarely 3) naps a day but they rarely last past the first sleep cycle, so about 24-37 minutes. sometimes i can rock her back to sleep and she'll be out for another 30-60 minutes, which is wonderful... when it actually happens. i wouldn't worry about the 30 minute naps except that often times she gets tired again faster (but fights taking another nap) and is a crabby abby until i can get her to take a good long nap.
what happens when she wakes up, if i just leave her there? if she doesn't start crying within a couple of minutes, then she rolls over on her stomach, practices crawling by scooting backwards, gets her legs caught in the bars of the crib, THEN starts crying. i try to turn her over and give her the paci back, but she just stares and me and starts to cry again if i don't pick her up. i don't mind holding her to fall asleep, if she would always go back to sleep.
she sleeps great at night, so i know self-soothing is different between day naps and night sleeps.
i'm not willing to do any kind of CIO. i know some parents swear by it but it isn't for everyone, and it's not for us, though i can totally understand why someone would do it and i don't judge for that.
any suggestions how i can get her to nap longer?
i'm not looking to get bashed or draw out the sanctimoms who are looking for an excuse to talk to a newb (like me) like an inferior idiot. i admit it, i'm an idiot when it comes to babies, okay? before my daughter i had no experience with babies, and when i ask the moms around me for advice, i get a lot of shoulder shrugs. so now i need helpful friendly advice.