On Monday I was rather distressed. Nicky had fallen asleep in the car and I couldn’t find the Nap Strap. You’ll probably laugh at me, since we have been coping for so long without it, but to be honest I really just hate that head flopping forward when he falls asleep and it distresses me even more to know I had the means to keep it up, but just could not find it.
I did find it in the end (under my seat where Nicky had unceremoniously thrown it) and my relief was palatable.
I think I have tried so many things to make my little munchkin comfortable while sleeping and all of them have helped to some degree.
There’s the safety catch from 4akid (which you’ll see I keep forgetting to clip together) but that is more to make sure he doesn’t bust out from his seat. When his head flops forward he actually gets marks from this thing on his head. But it does help when he is in that naughty mood to escape.
There are various pillows you can use to prop up the head which I have used with various degrees of success. They do cushion the head but it still flops forward.
The Nap Strap is there to support the head and prevent it from falling forward. It has a velcro strap at the back and soft material in front. You can choose different colours and designs. I liked the clouds (I associate them with pleasant dreams).
I guess I should have read them properly or at least have been more prepared. I have a bad habit of attending to Nicky at red robots and one traffic light is not sufficient time (for the first time) to get that nap strap on your kid. In the end I pulled over and sorted it properly. After you have it in place on the car seat, it can be lifted over the head in seconds of course.
It’s important to have it there and ready to go or else you will be like me and have a tantrum kid going “I want my Nap Strap!” in the middle of heavy traffic (because sometimes he likes it when he is awake too… go figure…)
We’ve used it quite a few times since then and it has been great to have that support. There was that time when it slipped down a bit low, I guess I needed to tighten it a bit, but it did not seem to bother him.
In conclusion I would say that if you are looking for aids for your child’s comfort when sleeping in the car, the nap strap is a great support.
Just make sure you keep it in place and don’t lose it!