Sleep Chronicles: Experimenting with Naps

Ever since we sleep trained at 10 months (we “Ferberized,” which involves going in and comforting at gradually longer intervals), E has reliably taken two naps—one in the morning at about 9 or 9:30, and one in the afternoon, between 2 and 3pm. Lately however, getting her to fall asleep for those two naps has been somewhat problematic. By which I mean “it takes her a half an hour or more to settle herself, if she even settles at all.” I had even taken some measures from our Sleep by Any Means Necessary repertoire—bouncing on the yoga ball, dancing her around, and so forth. My husband wasn’t particularly comfortable with this backsliding; the purpose of sleep training was so she could figure out how to fall asleep on her own and stay asleep. Helping her to get there when she’d already moved beyond that seemed like a slippery slope to wearing her for the entire nap, which is sort of difficult (Note: my daughter is 23lbs).