My 11 month old only sleeps in the car for naps.

Andrea - posted on 01/17/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My husband is a stay at home dad with our 11 month daughter and has been since she was 6 months old. I recently had a 3 week long break for the holidays from work, I'm a teacher, and now she will not take a nap for her dad during the day. He has to put her in the car...drive around...and then sit in the car until she wakes up...approx 1 hr later. As a result he gets nothing done during the day in the house. Almost everything has to wait until I get home at 4. Before my 3 week holiday she was sleeping for her dad in our bed without a problem.

More info: I nurse...and she always nurses to sleep with me. We have tried setting up a naptime routine, laying with her, feeding her from a bottle. We even tried crying it out...for 10 minutes (which is all either of us could take). Any suggestions? Oh nightime sleep is usually not a problem because I am always there as part of the bedtime routine.

Thanks. : ) Andrea

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Taylor - posted on 01/19/2011

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all babies are different so this may not be true for you... but my daughter went through a 2-3 week phase where she did this when she was around 9 months old.
she literally WOULD NOT go to sleep unless we were in the car. i could bring her in and get her out of her carseat and put her in bed though.. we didnt have to sit in the car.
but i feel your pain.
for her, it was just a little phase. i think she got so tired she couldn't keep it up.
my only suggestions are to try to wait it out (try not to do the car naps at all unless you have to go somewhere! otherwise she's going to get more and more used to it) or try to let her cry it out longer... my daughter takes AT LEAST 20 minutes to cry it out.
best of luck! :)

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