Toddler Fell Asleep in the Car, but You’re Almost There. What Do You Do?

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As you focus on weaving in and out of the traffic, you notice the sobbing from the back seat is fading, the kicks are weakening, the restlessness is waning; peace at last!  But, wait a second… you turn around and realize your toddler fell asleep in the car.  Normally, you’d more than welcome the respite, but you realize you’re only a few minutes away from your destination.  So do you wait it out?  Drive around aimlessly or sit in the parking lot until your little one’s nap is over?  Or do you use your finely honed parenting ninja skills to attempt a transfer out the car seat into the stroller, risking awakening the kraken in the hope of proclaiming yourself as the transfer champ?  This is a common dilemma that most parents of infants & toddlers face on a regular basis.

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Personally, I used to be the “I’m going to wait this out, because I’m not dealing with crankiness” type 100% of the time this scenario occurred.

I would drive around the neighborhood, hitting up fast food drive thru windows (bad idea), or sit in a parking lot where I knew free WiFi could still reach my phone in order to kill time.  I would wait it out until Tyler finished his usual 45 to 60 minute nap.
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But, lately, I’ve been more inclined to roll the dice on the transfer.  I’ll give Tyler a few minutes to get into a deep sleep, waiting for some snores & deep breathing before my attempt.  I’m still working out the kinks, but here’s my personal technique.  Then, I’ll unbuckle him, place one hand under his bottom and one behind his head for a good grip.  Lean forward, so there’s less of a distance to travel from picking him up & pressing him against my chest.  Then, I’ll scoop him up smoothly to press him against me snugly.  Finally, lay him down in the stroller or crib.  My success rate of transferring him without awakening him is roughly 66%.  If this were a baseball average or basketball shooting percentage, man I’d be killing it.  I’ll have to ask Helen if my recall of my success rate is accurate, or if this is my cocky selective memory at work.

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I’ll admit, on days when I’m exhausted from work, stressed, or just can’t handle more crankiness; my Vegas gambler attitude goes right out the door.  On those days, when I realize Tyler fell asleep in the car seat just before arriving somewhere, I give in.  I ask my stomach, which drive thru it’s craving and wait out the nap.

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So which category do you tend to fall into more often?  Please take our poll below!

If you are a Transfer King or Queen, please share your ninja techniques with us please!  If you wait it out, how do you kill the time?
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