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Advice about sleeping in the car...

Does anyone have any good tricks for helping a toddler to sleep in the car? My LO uses a forward facing carseat and is small for her age. She has no problem falling asleep in the car, but can only sleep for about 20 min before she wakes up crying due to neck pain. I have tried a small neck pillow, a rolled up blanket and a refular pillow. We are not often in the car for hours on end but we have relatives out of state and I would love her to be more comfortable. TIA!

  • Laura
    Aug 28

    It seems like rear facing carseats put them at more of a recline (plus are safer) so you might try one of those.

  • Anonymous
    Aug 28

    My son has only ever slept 30 min tops in the car.... 🤷🏽‍♀️

  • Jenn
    Aug 29

    If we are doing a long trip and I can, I sit in the back with my LO and rub her head. I also agree with the rear facing seat because it can recline more

  • Ivy
    Aug 29

    Having their feet dangle, tends to make it feel “dead” or go numb after a while. Also, some seats have a recline option where you can safely recline it within a certain zone on the settings. That could help with keeping her head back. It is also possible, if your daughter is on the small side, that she may still need to be in rear-facing.

  • Vonda
    Sep 05

    How old is your little one? They should be be in rear facing car seats until they are 50lbs. And at a recline. (Which may help with the neck pain) Just FYI. It may be because the car seat isn’t built for her yet.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 07

    Just an fyi about what Vonda said, none of my rearfacing seats go to 50 pounds, they all say to turn around at 40, so read your manual. but also keep in mind a lot of states are making it illegal to be forward facing before 2