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Best buggy for naps- Please help me get my baby to sleep outside of the house.

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MrMenAndLittleMiss Sat 06-Aug-16 10:12:37

Dd2 (6mo) naps beautifully in her cot, which I know is the holy grail of napping, but I don't want to be tied to the house for every nap. Dd1 (3.9) and I need to get out the house to stay sane, especially during the school holidays.

We have a Quinny Buzz on full recline (but not completely flat) with snoozeshade/blanket cover, dummy and muzzy to cuddle, just like at home. But she still won't sleep. Nor will she sleep in the car on the way or way back from anywhere.

I was wondering, if we got another buggy with a proper lie-flat option, would she be more likely to sleep?
Or should I admit defeat now like I did three years ago with her sister

Iguessyourestuckwithme Sat 06-Aug-16 10:17:44

Baby jogger city mini and mountain buggy

MrMenAndLittleMiss Sat 06-Aug-16 10:23:15

Thank you Iguess. Is that the standard mountain buggy? I have had my eye on the mountain buggy nano for a while, as it folds so small. At the moment though, the napping is the crucial thing. I will happily buy a bigger car if need be <desperate>

comeagainforbigfudge Sat 06-Aug-16 10:24:20

Just go out anyway. My dd is terrible at not sleeping. At that age she would sleep for 20mins, maybe 30 if i was lucky.

But she was content in the buggy, particularly when she was sat up a wee bit. Nosey parker wanted to see EVERYTHING, still does.

Sleep sometimes took a while but eventually she conked out just as we are nearly home obviously

Playduh Sat 06-Aug-16 10:26:00

Is it worth looking at one of the Maclaren buggies? They recline completely and it'll be good once she's a bit bigger, so even if it doesn't work the change will still be useful?

SnowWhite26 Sat 06-Aug-16 23:08:43

My lo used to sleep where ever. I now have got her used to sleeping in the cot as buggy and car was only place she would sleep in day and now she only sleeps in buggy if absoloutly shattered. I get frustrated but I guess she is very nosy. I also think she likes to chill and relax in.the buggy looking around. Surely your lo will conk out if she gets that tired. I think sometimes you just have to do it and hope she will chill in buggy and eventually drop off. Whats the worst that can happen? xx

SnowWhite26 Sat 06-Aug-16 23:09:13

Shes 9 months btw smile

Dingdingdong Mon 08-Aug-16 20:37:41

Neither of mine would really sleep in their buggy until they were 18 months. My youngest is now 19 months and has only really napped over an hour in the last 2 weeks. I tried everything and in the end just went out anyway - he did gradually start to nap and that slowly lengthened over time, but, as I said, same as my eldest it wasn't remotely reliable until 18 months!

Artandco Mon 08-Aug-16 20:45:35

Cybex balios m.

Huge seat. Parent faces and away. Folds in one piece. Large enough wheels it's not bumpy.

Currently £298 on precious little

Scroll down on Cybex website here for info

Couldashouldawoulda Mon 08-Aug-16 21:01:07

The Baby Jogger City Mini is a good napping buggy. Folds completely flat, and has a massive, 180 degree blackout hood. Sounds like you've got quite a tough nut to crack there napwise, though! :-) I have no idea whether a different buggy would help.

Couldashouldawoulda Mon 08-Aug-16 21:04:10

The Baby Jogger City Mini is a good napping buggy. Folds completely flat, and has a massive, 180 degree blackout hood. Sounds like you've got quite a tough nut to crack there napwise, though! :-) I have no idea whether a different buggy would help.

SnowWhite26 Mon 08-Aug-16 21:32:15

I am trying out a muzzy pegged to buggy. Has anyone tried this?

Artandco Mon 08-Aug-16 21:36:34

I really wouldn't peg any fabric over the pram, it can make the temperature inside 10+ degrees hotter. So if it's 25 degrees outside, it can quickly get to 35+ where baby is.

Artandco Mon 08-Aug-16 21:37:33

Does she sleep in cot at home in full darkness? If you I would start leaving door open a bit and curtains a fraction and gradually increasing so she gets used to sleeping in lighter environments also

MrMenAndLittleMiss Mon 08-Aug-16 21:50:56

I had to put something over the buggy from when she was about three months old. But never when it was too hot, plus it was only convering her view, not the entire buggy. Even that stopped working though.

gruber Mon 08-Aug-16 22:03:11

Well, I would recommend an Emmaljunga pram, because the hood is huge (and I mean HUGE), it has great adjustable suspension, plus an integrated mosquito net and a sunshade into the hood so you can pull them out to block out light/view of you. It also is super long and lays completely flat. Just about the opposite of your Quinny, much more like a cot on wheels especially if you fold the footrest up to enclose it.

daisydalrymple Mon 08-Aug-16 22:12:10

We have a mothercare own brand 3-wheeler, and this has never failed with naps for all 3 cot refuser dcs. I'd say the all terain types are probably all similar for nap potential - but maybe if she's inquisitive and likes looking round she'll eventually drop off if not fully reclined whilst relaxing watching the world? [hopeful] dc3 has his naps in the pram in the kitchen diner if we're at home, but he's napped on the go from the start, due to the school run. So I've never had success with the cot.

Closetlibrarian Tue 09-Aug-16 20:28:31

I think this is down to the child, not the pram (sorry!). DS (10mo) naps brilliantly at home, will only nap for 30 mins in the buggy when out, no matter how tired he is. We have the City Mini. I also have a 3yo. We organise the days when they're both at home (e.g. weekends) to allow DS to have at least one decent nap at home (usually his morning nap) - then we'll go out for the rest of the day and accept that he'll just have one slightly crap nap when we're out.

DD stopped napping in the buggy at about a year old, prior to that she used to be quite good at it - we had an (older model) iCandy Cherry then (with a snooze shade on as the hood on the iCandy was a bit rubbish)

Closetlibrarian Tue 09-Aug-16 20:30:03

My other theory about this is that you either have a cot napper or a pram napper and rarely will a child do both well. DS sleeps on his side and rolls around a lot - so I think he just can't get properly comfy strapped into a buggy.

Heatherbell1978 Tue 09-Aug-16 20:31:08

DS1 is a brilliant buggy napper and I bought a Babyjogger City Mini GT when he was 10 months to help keep it up as my UB vista didn't recline flat. He still naps at 2 in it. Highly recommend!

KatharinaRosalie Tue 09-Aug-16 20:37:51

try Emmaljunga. Friends had the same problem and said this was like night and day. It's also warm and padded so can be used for wintertime outdoors naps.

brexitschmexit Tue 09-Aug-16 20:39:11

You could try the Phil and teds explorer with cocoon. I got one when DS2 came along (19 months between DS1 and DS2 so needed a double/tandem). DS2 went in the cocoon in the lie flat section (which is quite cosy and nestled underneath the main seat). We'd go off to the park or similar for DS1 and DS2 would fall asleep as we walked and then when we got home I found I could carefully remove the cocoon from the buggy and take DS2 in to continue his nap still in the cocoon but up in his room. For me it was a godsend and i am convinced this was what helped get DS2 into a routine of longer naps over time.

minipie Wed 10-Aug-16 11:16:06

Sorry I also think it's down to the child not the buggy. DD1 only napped in the buggy. DD2 only naps in the cot. We have the Bee and a Phil and Teds and she doesn't nap in either (even with snoozeshade) unless shattered. She is starting to get better at buggy napping but she's 16 months so that's a long way off for you.

I'm afraid that for a long time we just went out in between DD2's naps...

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