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Always! I'm delighted when i look back and see them sleeping in the car. easiest nap or bed time ever! 4 80.00%
Usually -- sometimes not, but typically, yes, it's easy. 9 100.00%
Sometimes -- if i'm lucky 10 100.00%
Rarely -- sometimes if i'm really really lucky 8 100.00%
Never! i dread them nodding off in the last five minutes before i get home, thus taking the edge off their tiredness, so nap or bed time takes forever 23 100.00%
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#1 of 30 Old 07-25-2011, 10:45 PM - Thread Starter
 
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i'm asking b/c i have almost never had any luck doing the transfer in to the house from the car seat. and FWIW, i'm not talking about those "bucket" seats that click in and out of the car seat base. i'm talking about having to unbelt and carry in a sleeping baby -- then laying him or her down in bed, on a swing, on the couch, even on the floor i guess. without waking them up. can you do it?


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depends on how sleepy but I do it a lot :)  I think it gets harder the older she gets though

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nope never could. 

 

dd gave up naps at 2. till then if she fell asleep in the car i'd stay there reading till she woke up. i always kept snacks and a book for me in the car for that reason. 

 

however she was a screamer till 1. she never fell asleep in the car unless it was a really long day. but after she stopped screaming in the car if she fell asleep then that 5 mins would be her nap time. however if i stayed in the car she'd sleep for maybe an hour. 


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So here is the thing about my DD she will wake right up if I try and transfer her to the house but she will stay fast asleep if I wrap her on my back! It's the craziest thing!


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Absolutely not - not with either of them.  They're really light sleepers or something I think.  

 

I also never had any luck with those bucket seats that click in and out.   And for ages I couldn't understand people who said they would put their kids in the car to get them to nap - because for that to work for mine (*if* they got past the initial screaming stage - a bit if) I would have to keep driving around for the entire nap at a constant speed.  Any slowing down or stopping would immediately wake them up and then they'd go straight back to the screaming thing - except this time with no chance of going back to sleep.

 

Also never had any luck with 'wearing them down' - if they fell asleep on my back in order to keep them asleep I had to keep them on my back for the whole nap while constantly moving - pretty exhausting!


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So here is the thing about my DD she will wake right up if I try and transfer her to the house but she will stay fast asleep if I wrap her on my back! It's the craziest thing!

i am a little confused here. are you saying that if you transfer her from the car to ur back she'll stay asleep? or if you transfer her from ur back tot the bed she'll stay asleep? or if you do about your day with her on ur back she'll stay asleep?
 

 


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If she falls asleep in the car and I take her out of her car seat and put her directly on my back and wrap her in our didy wrap she somehow will stay asleep, but if I take her out of the car and try to lie her down (even if I offer nursing) she will wake right up. She has to stay on my back once the transfer is made and she is 22 m/o now! I usually just go stroll around a store or something.

 

Now if we go for a walk and she is already wrapped on my back and falls asleep on my back and we get home within 30mins of her falling asleep, I can transfer her to the bed without her waking at all.

 

It's just so strange to me that she will transfer to and from BWing but not the car seat. I guess it's b/c she is so used to it though b/c we never did the infant car seat (straight to convertible) so when she fell asleep I would always scoop her up and wrap her.


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Nope, never, any of them, not even when they were in the bucket seat. My oldest would wake up if I down shifted and at every stop light too.


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I can 90% of the time, dh cant though


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thanks for the clarification. dd wouldnt do transitions till she was much older. wrapped up we can walk thru things, be at a coffee house loud band playing and dd can stay asleep. but try getting her out of the wrap or car seat and she would wake up immediately. 
 

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If she falls asleep in the car and I take her out of her car seat and put her directly on my back and wrap her in our didy wrap she somehow will stay asleep, but if I take her out of the car and try to lie her down (even if I offer nursing) she will wake right up. She has to stay on my back once the transfer is made and she is 22 m/o now! I usually just go stroll around a store or something.

 

Now if we go for a walk and she is already wrapped on my back and falls asleep on my back and we get home within 30mins of her falling asleep, I can transfer her to the bed without her waking at all.

 

It's just so strange to me that she will transfer to and from BWing but not the car seat. I guess it's b/c she is so used to it though b/c we never did the infant car seat (straight to convertible) so when she fell asleep I would always scoop her up and wrap her.



 


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Rarely unless she is out for the night. I really do dread if she falls asleep in the car the last few minutes before getting home since its enough of a power nap to give her a recharge. Any type of naps that done in the car, or not in her crib just mess with her sleeping.

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Never ever. Ds would actually never sleep in public (never fell asleep being worn and never in a stroller). He's pop awake as soon as the car turned off. Dd would sleep for a little bit as long as you didn't move her. We spent some naptimes sitting in the car in the garage letting her sleep, because I was NOT going to wake her up by moving her.


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Depends on the kid.  Yes to two of them, no to the other.  I voted yes.  My youngest now is superb at transitioning from the car to a bed.  


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for my 2 year old, usually yes, but before he was moved to his own bed and we stopped nursing, never. I have a 2 month old as well and I'm not sure what she's gonna be like. The carseat isn't a sleep inducer yet.


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Nope. Never. Not car-to-house, not sling-to-bed, not my bed to his bed, not sling-to-crib [before we abandoned the whole idea of a crib]. For my son's entire babyhood I had to either nurse or sing him to sleep and then somehow extricate myself without waking him up.  I had all the squeaky parts of his floor memorized. It was awful!

 

 

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i'm asking b/c i have almost never had any luck doing the transfer in to the house from the car seat. and FWIW, i'm not talking about those "bucket" seats that click in and out of the car seat base. i'm talking about having to unbelt and carry in a sleeping baby -- then laying him or her down in bed, on a swing, on the couch, even on the floor i guess. without waking them up. can you do it?



 

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It's been different with all my kids.

DS1...can't remember very well, to be honest. We didn't own a car when he was a baby, so we rarely had to worry about it.

DD1 was totally unpredictable, but dh had better luck than I did, in general.

DS2 would sleep through any kind of transfer.

Until today, I would have said that I can never transfer dd2, but it worked today. That was probably because I had to take her out twice when she'd dozed off, so by the time we actually got home and I transferred her to a place where she could sleep, she was exhausted! In general, she doesn't transfer well. I used to carry her in a bucket a lot, and people would give me that "why don't you just get her out and sling/carry/whatever her?" stuff, and I'd just laugh. It was leave her in the bucket or deal with a cranky, tired baby for hours.


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Never.  Not even with the bucket seats as a baby.  Ds is a seriously light sleeper.  He'd wake up when I shut off the motor, anyway.


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Never once have been able to with all 3 kids. 


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With my oldest, I never could when she was a baby. And if the car came to a red light or something, she would wake right up. Now that she's almost 5, I can transfer her (if we're driving at night or she's had a really long day).

 

With my youngest, I haven't been able to -- he wakes up to nurse, but then won't go back to sleep -- but DH can. But he'll sleep in a stopped car, so I'll just sit in the car with him while he finishes the nap. But last week I was able to transfer him, so maybe there's hope!


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98% of the time, nope.  But it has happened.

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wow, sorry to hear so many can't. What a royal p.i.t.a. that must be. I voted usually. Yes, we sometimes drive home after dinner, expecting they will sleep in the car and then when we get home we just carry them upstairs and put them in bed. They wake up, but not really, just to hold on to us while we carry them upstairs, take off their shoes... then we put them in bed and they roll over and continue sleeping. Used to work when they were younger and took daytime naps as well. 

 

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I really shouldn't have voted, or I wish there had been an "other" - but I voted "usually".... because now that the kids are older (4 and 6), and not babies or toddlers, YES, I can transfer them if they fall asleep for bedtime in the car.  But before they were old enough (3 or 4+) it didn't work at all.  Now they are old enough to either stay pretty much asleep, or to tolerate being woken a bit, maybe even enough to pee, and then go right back to sleep.  Not for a naptime though, surely they would wake up and be done with any nap, not they nap anymore anyway!

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Exactly this!  In our previous houses, when the kids were younger.   There were certain stairs that I had to walk on the very side of ...

 

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Both my kids did.  I attribute it to part personality and partially the way we parent them.  They were lots of my friends that were amazed/shocked at it and wondered how I did it.  But, they were all fairly mainstream in that their kids were put to bed awake in their cribs and expected to fall asleep/stay asleep without help.  We had always rocked/walked them to sleep, and at around 5-7 months, they would start to wake as we put them down and then fall back to sleep immediately after us tucking them in.  So, it wasn't that much different transferring from the car to their crib, as they were used to being slightly woken up and going back to sleep.  Dd1 did this up until about 4 years old.  Dd2 is nearing 4.5 and still does it if she's tired enough, though only on the couch because she's too big to take naps, and going in her bed would = a nap.

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We spent some naptimes sitting in the car in the garage letting her sleep, because I was NOT going to wake her up by moving her.


I used to do that too. Our garage was attached so sometimes I would leave the baby in the car and then leave the door from the garage into the house open and come in and do some work in the kitchen, which was right off the garage. I never even tried moving them after they got out of the baby bucket seats.

 

Once they got older (I'm thinking like 5'ish), I could carry them in and lay them down and they would go back to sleep pretty easy.

 

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Not from a bucket seat when they were infants, but after 9-10 months of age or so we have been able to transfer them to the stroller if they fall asleep in their car seats. Our stroller has always been their regular napping spot, so that may have something to do with it too. It is a comfortable stroller with a fully reclining seat and leg supports, and there is a comfortable sheepskin liner on the seat.  We park the stroller right next to the car (reclined) and gently do the transfer, whispering that they can go back to sleep. Then, we cover the stroller with a breathable UV cover to darken it a bit. Push the stroller inside, and they continue the nap in it. Works like a charm, provided that they have not slept more than an hour or so in the car. If they've already taken a long nap, chances are greater that they'll wake up.

 

Car seat to stroller to bed almost always seems to work at night. Same routine, just park the stroller right next to the bed and do the transfer...sometimes lying down with them there for a bit.

 

I have never been able to do the car to bed thing. They wake up on the way. Also, with a stroller that is less conducive to sleeping, I'm not sure it would work as well. So, if you are desperate to transfer your child, here's your excuse to go out and buy a comfortable stroller. :-)

 

 

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I can never transfer ds when it's a nap, but we have occasional success when it's after bedtime.

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Easy if I lay down to nurse on the bed first.  At least until they became toddlers!


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We were able to get him from the car to the bed asleep ONCE in the past 15 months.  He'll nap on our backs (still) but we can't stop moving or he'll wake up--and only ONCE has he ever been able to stay asleep from carrier to crib.


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