Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:16 PM
My 11 week old has been like this recently since our air con died ( long story). We have had to retrain her to take her naps in her cot rather than in my arms, especially since her sleeping on my chest was compressing my breasts and causing sore blocked milk ducts!
One thing that has made it work is waiting until she falls asleep and then gently transferring to the cot. The first two days she screamed and woke up as soon as she realised we had put her in the cot, but we persisted in simply taking her out to calm her down, waiting for her to fall asleep in our arms and then replacing her in the cot. Admittedly, she is only sleeping 25 or 30 mins per nap during the day in her cot, but it is progress from only taking day naps while cuddling! Nights she is a dream and sleeps through, so we figure the day naps are short because she is making her sleep quota largely at night.
I guess persistence is the key. Trick (with our DD at least) is to not let her view the cot as a negative place during the day, say by letting her cry it out and get frantic. Oh and we wear our little girl out thoroughly when she is awake - stories, music, massage and singing, play gym with toys, tummy time....she is so knackered that sleep comes easier. I read that at this age they need to nap every 1hr, 15 mins or else they run the risk of getting overtired. After that point they hit a wall and getting them to sleep independently is extra difficult.
Wow, what a ramble!
One more thing (hehe) is we don't view every single day nap as needing to be in the cot at this extra young age. We let her take some in the cot and a few in our arms. It surprisingly doesn't confuse her or make her resist her cot.
If all else fails, just sling her perhaps. P.S. the ergo is so comfy on the back. I have tried so many different slings and this one can be worn all day.