Napping in a car-seat or stroller

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A lot of people ask me, do I have to nap coach Kim? It's just the night is so much work. They're sleeping in a car seat. They're sleeping a stroller. Do I have to do this too? And the answer is no. You don't have to do this. You can leave it be, as long as they are napping. And it's not 20 minute naps here and there throughout the day. So if they sleep, take a good nap in the stroller, let it be. Put the stroller in a quiet room even if it's in the apartment. Because I've had parents who do this who live in the city, and it's bad weather and they can't go out. They put their 1 ½ year old in the stroller. And they stroll him around the apartment. They go to sleep. They put him in a quiet room. And they let them take a nap there. It's not the end of the world. I mean, motion sleep is not as restorative as stationary sleep, but I will take it over no sleep. Because as we know no sleep will create more problems at night and a much more difficult bed time.

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Kim West, LCSW-C

Psychotherapist & Author, The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight

Kim West is a mother of two and a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) who has been a practicing child and family social worker for more than 19 years. Known as The Sleep Lady by her clients, over the past 12 years she has helped thousands of tired parents all over the world learn to listen to their intuition, recognize their child’s important cues and behaviors, and gently create changes that promote and preserve his or her healthy sleep habits. 

West has appeared on the Dr. Phil, Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby  and CNN, and has been written about in a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Baby Talk,  Parenting, The Baltimore Sun, USA Today, The Telegraph, The Irish Independent and the Washington Post. West hosts the sleep section of The Newborn Channel, played in maternity wards in hospitals across the country. West is the author of The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy with Joanne Kenen. She is also the author of 52 Sleep Secrets for Babies and The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook.

Kim received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She lives with her family in Annapolis, Maryland.

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