I agree, don't worry about what the books say. My 2 year old was a champion cat napper. My husband used to come home from work and find me still in my pjs in the exact same position on the couch as I was when he left for work. I never got anytime to do anything. I must say that life did improve a bit when a bought a babywrap, atleast then I could move around a bit and baba could have a nice nap while all cuddled up to me. You must just listen to your gut and figure out what your baba likes, if it means you need to pop baba in a pram and go for a walk to sleep then do that! Each baby is different and no book will give the best answer for your baby. Relax and know that this will soon pass.
Just want to say I agree with Momtoc, CHUCK the books! I drove myself mad with the baby sense book when my baby went past the time frame they say that baby should be awake for. If he went beyond the time frame I would freak out and actually caused myself a lot of stress. Second time round my plan is to just let baby sleep when he wants to and be awake when he wants to and figure out a routine from there.
Carien, chuck those books & just listen to what your mommy gut tells you & just watch for when baby is getting tired or overtired(overstimulated). You can just google those to get an idea what to look out for
My son was also a cat napper & only slept really well for the 1st 10 days of his life hahaha
BUT it will get better & I think you are doing a fantastic job. My son was a very lightsleeper & that also made things difficult when things got too noisy around us but he can sleep anything from an hour - 3hours now & he is 16months. He started sleeping longer when he hit his 1yr mark.
I know it probably gets tiring as they don't leave much time to do other things & I'm still bf him. Maybe invest in a good baby wrap & let baby sleep in there..
Thanks haffie, appreciate it. Happy to know this is not just me. I have he 'Baby Sense' book and they say there that babies his age should have shorter gaps, but honestly, I've tried to get him to do shorter times between naps, it just doesn't work. When he does eventually fall asleep its past the 2 hour mark (at best) already, so I kinda gave up trying.
I can't remember how long my son was going between naps at that age, but i definitely remember he only napped 20 minutes at a time. A long nap was 40 min LoL.
I still remember when he first started going to creche the teachers would say that he only napped 20 min at a time and they seemed to think that was odd. But it was definitely his normal and continued like that for a while, then increased to 40 min, and only got longer than that (1.5 hours) after he turned 1 when he dropped to 1 nap per day.
I remember those 20min naps soooo well!! It will pass I promise. 2 hours is pretty long between naps at that age so he will be overtired, try get him down sooner- will see if I can find the wake chart again...but the short naps...completely normal when they are becoming very aware of their surroundings and life becomes too interesting to nap!!