Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Keeping Him Awake in the Car!
Sometimes we're en route home for a nap and Henry will fall asleep in the car. The car nap (even if for just 5 minutes) translates into: get home; I put him in the crib; he sleeps for an hour; he wakes up and screams for 30 min to an hour; and then sleeps for 2 hours. It's challenging. Of course, ideally we would be home before he's tired, but life is too short to be completely and totally wed to an exact time table. The trick is preventing him from falling asleep in the car. Unfortunately, singing, yelling, reaching back every 5 minutes, etc. doesn't work - AND it translates into reckless driving.
Last week, I found something that did work! I handed him my iPhone, which is something he never gets to touch otherwise. He randomly turned on the ipod app, and we listened to an assortment of Jay Z, Eminem and kids songs. He held the iPhone as if he was watching a show on it and he stayed up the entire 15 minute ride home. Eureka! Now I open up the Cars Memory game (free app), and he'll play with it for 10-15 minutes, which is usually all I need to get him home for his nap. If I need more than that, I try using a combination of cars, books, iPhone, singing, shouting, etc. After the "safe driving" class I had to take for my new job, I've resolved to be a less distracted driver. No more iPhone checking while driving...I hope you'll all join me in my crusade to stop cell phone talking and texting while driving. ARGH!
Posted by JCA at 6:00 AM