I know consistency is the key to sleep training, and I had every intention of sticking to the new nap routine as consistently as possible (and as close to our bedtime routine as possible) for as long as it took. So changing the method two days in seemed kind of…inconsistent. On the other hand, two days doesn’t equal routine, and really, when it’s that obvious it’s not going to work, it’s silly not to change it.
Bedtime routine: dim the light, turn on the sound machine, change his diaper, put on pjs and sleep sack, sit in the chair together and read a couple-three books, turn off the light, put him into the crib, and sit on the floor while he falls asleep. He’s nearly always asleep within 10 minutes. Works for me, works for John.
Trying that at naptime: pull the curtain most of the way, turn on the sound machine, change his diaper, put on pjs and the nap sack (lighter weight), sit in the chair together and read a couple-three books, close the curtain the rest of the way, put him in the crib, and sit on the floor for an hour and a half to two hours while Jack doesn’t sleep.
He cried, he giggled, he yelled, he kissed me, and after two days, it was pretty clear that I was the problem. I am too dang entertaining. (Also, maybe it’s not dark enough – we’re working on that.)
Day three (this past Saturday): we began letting him cry it out for naps. Same routine except that instead of sitting on the floor after he goes in the crib, I just leave.