Reader Carseat Questions



becca & nathan said…
do you think that its a common thing with babywise babies that they don’t sleep in the car? my baby has not slept in the car since he was really young. i would love for him to be able to when we travel, etc…i wonder if there’s anything i can do about it?
August 28, 2008 8:08 AM
The Traveling Turtle said…
I wondered the same thing! My child doesn’t like sleeping in the car either. She will if she has not had a nap ALL day – but if she is not 100% worn out she refuses to nap in there. I have tried everything. We have a noise maker that we use at home when she goes to sleep and I got a smaller one for traveling and that did not work. I have also tried to place a blanket over her infant seat so she is not so stimulated thinking it would help some. When I read this post yesterday though I started to wonder the same thing!
August 28, 2008 8:14 AM
Abby’s Mom said…
My 8 month old will not sleep in the car either. She stopped sleeping in the car when she was about 3 months old. In fact, the ONLY place she will sleep is in her bed. Glad she sleeps there, but it makes it hard to go anywhere!
August 28, 2008 10:51 AM
Mockabee News said…
My 2 yr-old has always slept in the car for road trips.. he’s a Babywhisperer baby (similar to babywise w/o the cio). He’s also a thumb sucker, though, so we give him his blankie (only for naps and bedtime), he then sucks his thumb and is out.My 5 month old is a different story! He’s a babywise baby and will only sleep for one sleep cycle (45 mins) at a time in his car seat for road trips. This makes 6 hr drives intersting, as we are definitely “off” our routine.For sleep training for my second, I just let him CIO for 20 mins as that’s the avg amount of time it takes a baby to fall asleep. On the rare occasion that he cried longer, I would just pat his bum until he was fully asleep. This way, he’s still falling asleep on his own, without any props, but you’re helping him calm down a bit.
August 30, 2008 3:28 PM
Plowmanators said…
Mockabee, isn’t it interesting how different kids are from each other?
September 4, 2008 4:11 PM
Rachel Stella said…
I liked someone’s advice they gave a couple months back about having their baby take 1 nap in the car in her car seat almost every day to get her used to napping there. (she had older children and had to be out and about more) I know they don’t nap as well there, but I sure wish I could get my son to take even a short nap in his car seat sometimes! I think with my next child I’ll try to have him nap in his car seat at least once every other day when he is a newborn, then maybe at least once a week when he gets a bit older.
September 2, 2008 1:54 PM
Plowmanators said…
Thanks Rachel!
September 5, 2008 10:36 AM
Emily said…
LOL Rachel, I think that was me! And I think it’s backfiring with my little one!I always had my second daughter take one or two naps in the carseat (out of necessity, not choice) and it worked out great…BUT, I’ve been so bad with my third. She takes ALL of her naps in the carseat. We actually have a graco sweetpeace swing that holds a carseat so she is ALWAYS in the thing. It was fine up until now, but I think it is not working anymore. She has been sleeping worse and worse. The first nap is still fine, but subsequent naps, she wakes up etc., can’t fall back asleep. SOOO tomorrow it’s nap training in the crib time! I still have to to morning nap in the carseat so I can take my son to school, but the afternoon nap ALL the kids are in their rooms.Ugg…so a little bit of carseat sleep is a good thing, but too much is noooottt good…I learned my lesson!
September 2, 2008 8:48 PM

Plowmanators said…
Emily, that is so interesting. I am glad you shared that. Oh, I want to get one of those Graco swings with the next child! Do you like it?
September 5, 2008 10:37 AM

Plowmanators said…
Becca, I think it is pretty common. If you are well-rested, you aren’t going to need to sleep in the car. I know for my SIL, the car is one of the only places her kids will sleep.For traveling, yes it would be nice. But you have to realize the kids are used to sleeping in their beds and are comfortable that way. Even if they are in the car at a normal naptime, they are not overly tired, so they don’t need to sleep. The car is not a comfortable place to sleep for anyone, especially a child strapped in a carseat (I imagine…lol).
September 2, 2008 9:56 PM

Plowmanators said…
Traveling Turtle and Abby, it can be hard, but I always have to tell myself I would rather them sleep well the 98% of the time we are home than the 2% of the time we are out.
September 2, 2008 10:01 PM

Matt and Brooke said…
My 5-month old has recently started arching her back and crying when I place her in her car seat. Is it sheer defiance or is there something she may be trying to tell me? Once she’s in and buckled, she’s good to go. It’s just getting her in the seat that’s so exhausting. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
August 28, 2008 8:34 PM

Plowmanators said…
Brooke, at 5 months, I might wonder if there is something bugging her about the carseat, but it could just be that she hates it (my son certainly did). See this post:Teaching Your Baby “No”:
September 2, 2008 10:23 PM

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3 thoughts on “Reader Carseat Questions”

  1. My daughter slept all the time in the car until she turned about 6 months old. I think it just has to do with age though, and not with Babywise. Like Valerie said, they are becoming more aware and aren't super tired all the time. She will still fall asleep though if we happen to be in the car for more than 30 minutes and it's around her bedtime…. obviously though, all children are different! She is a thumb-sucker also, so that probably helps her sleep.

  2. My DS#2 was able to sleep in the carseat for about a month. Then he was too aware and excited and wouldn't fall asleep at all if we went out, no matter how long the outing. Later, at about 6 months, he would eventually fall asleep on a longer road trip, but only sleep well for one hour. I plan on travel days being tired days and try to put him to bed early at night. It can get tiring trying to figure out how to get him to sleep throughout that day and night, but it gets easier as he gets older (he is now 8 months old). For the struggling while getting buckled in question, it sounds like diaper change time at my house! I also think I vaguely remember that with my DS#1. Both diaper changes and getting buckled into the carseat are things that have to happen, no matter what, so my very simple strategy is to sing and try to distract throughout the process, but in general just try to get it done quickly. I hold my baby down where he needs to be while I change or buckle–since babies, even when strong, are not as strong as adults, the force doesn't hurt him. DS#2 has learned he needs to be on his back for diaper changes because I constantly say, "No, you need to be on your back for Mommy to change your diaper," and then place my forearm on his belly (again, this doesn't hurt him because I don't do it any stronger than the force he's using to resist) until he is still enough for me to quickly do the diaper change. I know this may not be much help in terms of stopping the struggle right away, but they do learn at some point that Mommy or Daddy is not going to change the routine, and then they go with it. At least that's been my experience.


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