Toddler only naps 20-40 minutes
My 26 month old naps only 20-40 minutes each day and I am trying to figure out how to lengthen her nap time. Her older sister used to nap consistently for 1.5-2 hours so this is new for us. I understand that some toddlers need less sleep than others but after a short nap my daughter is cranky immediately after her nap and a mess in the evenings. She sleeps at night from 7pm until 5:45 or 6am (a restless sleeper who often wakes several times in the night). She can sooth herself to sleep at night in her crib, at least for her initial sleep at 7pm. I have read that there is a sleep transition 40 minutes into sleep. She must cycle out of sleep and then she cant fall back asleep again during her daytime sleep. I have tried going into her room and rubbing her back when she initially wakes but this has only worked once. I have tried CIO but it does not work. I have a sound machine and room darkening blinds. We have spent all morning running around the zoo and my daughter still only sleeps 40 minutes tops. I have to pick my daughter up from TK at 1:50 so I have to fit in a nap before this time (I will have this same problem next year in K with the same pick up time). I have tried later naps times during vacation and on weekends and it doesnt make a difference. Today she woke up after 35 minutes and was obviously exhausted but she refused to sleep. How have others dealt with this? Tired of a tired toddler.