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Do you have trouble getting your little one to sleep at night? If so, what lengths would you actually go to, to ensure that you get that all important night of sleep? As a mother of two, I know all too well the pitfalls of sleep deprivation, you’ll do just about anything to get your kids to sleep, and I am not the only parent in the world to use sometimes desperate measures to ensure they do!
In fact, according to research out last week, putting your baby into the car and driving it around has proven to be a very popular and effective method of willing your newborn to sleep with the average parents recorded driving as many as 1322 miles a year for this very reason.
Latest research conducted by Mothercare, reveals that parents actually drive the same distance as John O’Groats to Land’s End, not just once but one and a half times per year with an average spend on petrol of £547.
Mothercare polled over 1,000 parents to try to ascertain their driving habits, and more than half of all those surveyed admitted that they use their cars as a ‘drop off to sleep’ method for their babies at least once per week with the average journey starting at 9pm and lasting nearly half an hour!
New dads get behind the wheel more often and were recorded driving an average of 1827 miles in the first year of their child’s life as opposed to mums who only drove 860 miles. Parents from London were recorded as driving the furthest distance per year totaling 2957 miles.
If you are going to use your child car seat as a temporary cot every so often then it is well worth making sure you choose a comfortable one as this can be half the battle. It is often tempting to opt for a cheaper model rather than pay the extra money, but it is very important to spend a bit more to guarantee that you get something that is not only comfortable but also safe as well.
If you would like more advice on the best car seats for babies or the best car seats for infants, why not read the Trusted Dealers’ car seat buying guide which will take you through the various steps required to make sure that your precious new arrival benefits from both comfort and stability.