Adelaide has been napping in her crib for a couple of months now. I figured I should get her used to sleeping in a crib since that's what she'll have to do when she goes to day care.
The only thing is, it's becoming a pain putting her down. See, what we've been doing when she's tired is taking her in her room, closing the blinds, turning on the air filter (which creates white noise and makes it so that I can actually DO stuff around the house and not worry about waking her up), giving her the pacifier, and then cradle-hold her while bouncing on an exercise ball. This was fine two months ago. This girl is upwards of 16 pounds now, and only growing, while my muscles are not. She's getting heavy!
Plus, now that's she's way more aware of her surroundings, she's arching her back and fighting naptime. (This "awareness" is also making breastfeeding more challenging, as she constantly wants to look around... especially when her daddy's in the room, and definitely if he's talking.)
I've tried just laying her down in the crib and laying my hand on her without looking at her or talking to her, but then she starts "playing" - kicking her legs and flapping her arms. Like she's getting a second wind. Exasperating for me, to say the least, when all I want is a desperate 30 minutes to get something to eat or start some laundry.
And I've tried leaving the room, but then she'll play for a few minutes and then whimper and then cry and cry and cry, and I just can't do that. Crying-it-out doesn't seem right to me.
So we've been trying this out: let her stay up for longer periods so she's more tired when we start the bouncing routine. This has been working a bit, but I can't bounce her forever. So I'm trying to research and think outside our little box.
How to put her down without making her cry-it-out, and without such a physical routine from us? Any advice mamas? I'd love to hear what worked for you, and any advice you've got. I'm going to read The No-Cry Sleep Solution, but other than that I'm at a loss.