Monday, October 26, 2009

Reader Questions on Going Out

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  • jencwu said...
    Sorry, another question--I told you in my first post that I had tons! There are times when we have to go somewhere part way through Noah's nap, or when we come home part way through a nap. I am always unsure as to what would be the best for his sleep--if I know we'll be leaving an hour into his nap, say, should I put him down for his nap in his car seat so I don't have to wake him to do that in an hour? And the reverse, if we come home and he's been sleeping for an hour, and we have an hour left, do I leave him in his car seat or risk waking him up by transfering him to his crib?
    August 22, 2008 3:08 PM
    Plowmanators said...
    jencwu, for sure I would leave him in the carseat when you get home, unless he is one of the few babies who will transfer well. Most won't. If he will fall asleep in his carseat, that can be a good idea. My kids wouldn't do that, so I always put them down but new that was going to be a short nap that day.
    August 28, 2008 7:57 AM


Anna said...

My daughter transfers well and always has. I'd try transferring and if that doesn't work then leave the LO in the car seat. I tried leaving my daughter in the car seat once and she ended up waking up after only a few minutes. Try it both ways and then stick with what works best for your LO.

angie said...

I actually have a related question. My daughter is getting ready to grow out of her infant seat. We've used it for naps SO many times. Whether we're out during a nap, at a friends house, or at church, we usually put her down in her infant seat b/c we can just stick it right in the car. So what about when we have to use a bigger, NON-transportable one? I'd appreciate some ideas. And this is a babywise baby that usually WILL NOT fall asleep in someone's arms...that's why we've always used her seat. thanks!

Amanda Mc said...

I'm SO thankful I discovered this blog! I have a question related to travel/when to start BW. I'll try to stay as brief as possible. I wanted to do BW from the get-go, but we live overseas and I had to travel to a different city to get the best medical care that was available here. Therefore, we were staying with friends for the first 3 weeks of our daughter's life. Then both sets of grandparents came and were here weeks 5-9. I started CIO at 10 wks and she did get progressively better, however was still skipping naps. Yesterday had been a hard day to begin with, very little napping, and then I found out that we are going to have to leave the country suddenly to get a different visa. So, our schedule again will be disrupted for an unspecified amount of time. My question is, do I just wait and implement CIO after all of this is over? What do I do in the meantime? She used to go right to sleep when we would bounce her on our lap and transfer well. Now she is not doing either well. She DOES sleep through the night and has since she was 9 weeks. She also follows the eat, wake, sleep pattern and has since birth. Any suggestions on getting her to nap? It's a vicious cycle we have going here. Also, we stopped swaddling her a few weeks ago and does well at night without it. Should we still swaddle for naps? I feel like it's a step back, but then again we've already stepped back some to begin with.

Plowmanators said...

Anna, Thanks! I think most babies don't transfer well, but if yours does, that is definitely the preferable route.

Plowmanators said...


I don't think you will like my answer.

For church, that is when Brayden stopped napping at church. I then took lots of quiet toys for distraction and finger foods. They stay a lot happier if they can just sit and eat.

For friends, I would take a pack and play and put your child in that in a room somewhere. Spare rooms, office, closets...whatever. You will then have to transfer her when it is time to go.

Plowmanators said...

Amanda Mc, I would wait until you are settled before CIO. I would also reinstate swaddling for naps, but leave it off for night. They sleep deeper at night, so that is why she can sleep unswaddled at night just fine.

Hang in there! Hopefully things will settle down soon for you.


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