OK, mamas and papas, help me out! I have the worst time getting Shepherd to take his naps. Apparently he is supposed to be taking two or three a day, and we are lucky to get one in, usually around 1 or 1:30 in the afternoon.
He is a champion sleeper at nights, but every time I put him down for a nap, he screeches and screams and is obviously a tension increaser, because crying it out just ain't working. I have tried to follow his nap time patterns in an effort to create a predictable daytime routine, but he's just not that into napping.
Here's our regular schedule:
6:30 a.m.: wake up for early morning feed. I call this the first awake period of the day because it's after the sun rises. He nurses and then falls back to sleep.
8:30 a.m.: up for the day.
10:30-11 a.m.: try to lay Shep down for a nap. Scream. Scream scream scream. If I'm lucky, he will shut his eyes for about 15-20 minutes during this time.
1/1:30ish p.m.: try for nap time numero dos. This is usually when we have the best luck; if he's going to nap, it will be in the afternoon and not in the morning. Sometimes, he doesn't nap, and he ends up falling asleep closer to 3 p.m.
Down for bedtime at 8:30 p.m.
So, any thoughts? Do I need to wake him up earlier or keep him awake longer? Should I just follow his natural schedule a little closer and see if I can tweak my times to better fit his internal routine? Am I just out of luck?
Thanks in advance!