Baby crying before bed
My baby is 16 weeks old and generally a very happy baby. She doesn't like to nap in the day but I can usually get 3 good naps out of her per day by putting her in the carrier and basically forcing her to nap 🤣 - she acts like the world is ending for the first 5 mins then is fast asleep for between 45mins-2 hrs. She then wakes up full of beans and can do a 2 hour wake window before needing another nap.
When bedtime comes around though she really really cries most nights for anywhere between 45mins and 2 hours depending on the night. Sometimes she can be inconsolable and it's heartbreaking and exhausting. I can't just put her down in her next2me as she will just cry, so I have to have her on my chest with white noise, back patting, shushing, dummy etc and eventually she will fall asleep but it can take such a long time. Once she is down she then wakes at 1am and 5am for a feed and after these feeds she goes straight back to sleep without a problem. It's only the start of the night that we have this crying.
Does anyone have any tips or know why this could be happening?