So, you've heard the phrase "how to skin a cat?"
Well, I worked on my own version today.
Q: How to nap a baby?
A: Nap with the baby.
That's what worked for us today. After several attempts to lay Ava in her crib after she had fallen asleep on me, I gave up and called in the big guns: a blanket and the 'mama swaddle.' During all attempts to extend her 40 minute nap, Ava fell asleep, leaving me to rightfully assume that the little one was sleepy. So I swaddled her to me, leaving her little room to fidget and poof*! out like a light! I sat with her for probably half an hour before I finally made the seamless transfer from chair to crib. still sleeping. She definitely needed to nap.
And why? Perhaps because she was working hard on her new trick: sitting up on her own from the laying down position!
During one of the attempts to calm her down, I opened her bedroom door to see her sitting up, knowing full well that I know did not leave her in that position when I left the room two minutes earlier!
More mad skills. And more work for us. I guess the bed needs to be lowered and the bumper removed (although that may stay in until she can stand as I came in a few weeks ago during a bumper-free day to find a little leg poking through the crib slats and a little unhappy baby).