When Fern was a tiny baby, I used to think car naps were a godsend. What easier way could there possibly be to get your baby to nap? But now that she’s a little bit older I’ve changed my tune.
There’s something about a car nap that transcends space and time and for some reason a three minute car nap seems like a three hour regular nap, which means that if Fern falls asleep in the car now – even for just a few minutes – on our way home, I can forget about her getting another nap for the rest of the day. She has literally fallen asleep at the end of our street before and then woken up a little less than one minute later when we arrived in the driveway looking awake, refreshed and ready to take on the day – at least until dinnertime when it’s total meltdown city. And from what I’ve heard from other parents this is not an uncommon phenomenon.
Nowadays I avoid these car naps at all costs, because I really value Fern’s nap time as a work from home mom, because it’s the only time I can really get any work done. I’ve learned that it’s best to not schedule anything too close to nap time, but there are times when it’s simply unavoidable and in those situations I’ve come up with a few things that help to keep my baby awake until we can make it home for her to take an actual nap.
Check out my car nap avoidance techniques after the jump!
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