Thank you for your expertise, Katie!
Our almost-5 month old has always been a catnapper (30 minutes). Maybe once a week, her first nap will be ~1 hour+. She sleeps in a dark nursery in her Magic Merlin with white noise.
1) Will her naps ever get longer? I've been leaving her in the crib for 15 minutes after she wakes up, but she gets pretty mad...
2) I don't keep her awake for more than 2 hours - this works well. But, I'd like to move her to a "by the clock" schedule for naps, because I'm going back to work soon. I'm nervous to stretch her wakeful periods (and risking overtiredness) if she's only having catnaps. Any advice?
The good news: she sleeps through the night and didn't have a 4 month sleep regression... so if this is the trade off, I guess we'll take it.
Many thanks :)