A Case For Supporting The Stroller Nap

If it means getting my baby to sleep, why would I say no to a stroller nap?

I’m going to preface this post by reminding everyone that these are solely my opinions and I am not, by any means, suggesting that I know anything at all. 

With that being said—I really don’t see a problem with the stroller or car seat nap. 

Everything I have read online suggests that your child will be a terrible night sleeper if they take a car or stroller nap. “They” also suggest that these naps are not restful at all. I don’t have solid evidence to support either claim but I definitely have observations from my son (and that’s really all that matters at the end of the day).

When C was still in the two nap phase, I would try my best to ensure that he had at least one of those naps in his crib; it was usually his morning nap. In the afternoon, I found that whether he had a nap in his crib or on the go, he would nap for the exact same amount of time—thirty minutes.

Now that he has reduced his snoozing to once a day, I definitely try and get him snoozing in his crib. Nowadays his nap lasts anywhere from 60-90 minutes—you wouldn’t believe the amount of things you can get done around the house in 90 minutes—I have become incredibly efficient. In any case, I don’t think he’d be able to snooze in the car or stroller for that long but I don’t think it would be the worst thing if he had a little less of a nap occasionally. 

Sleep is one of the toughest concepts to grasp with baby. From birth until about two months, C would only sleep in our arms; if you made an attempt to put him down in his bassinet, he would wake up and wail. So, for two months that’s how he slept and he’s seems to be doing fine so he must have slept well enough. 

What worked for me was picking up on C’s tired cues early and making sure he had the ability to get to sleep. Even when we are on the go, I know that between 10:30-11:00am C will be ready for his nap so I try and make it a point to be in the car on the way somewhere or in the stroller with the ability to walk for awhile. While vacationing in Florida recently, we would have lunch and then take C out for a stroll on the beach at nap time. There must have been something about the ocean that lulled him right to sleep and he woke up rested!

In terms of absolute comfort, I do agree that a crib nap is probably best. However, I could do without reading anymore articles about how terrible it is for my child to have a car or stroller nap—life happens and you have to adapt! 

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