The Imp and I have been through many variations of what is needed to get to sleep and/or stay asleep. A lot of these variations have involved motion. In the early days, it was the sling in motion. Then the pram in motion. The bouncing up and down on the birthing ball motion. The dancing around to Krishna Das motion (unlikely choice of music but there you go!) So, if this is you, pounding the pavement, not daring to stop in your favourite shop which is 50% off because your bubba wakes up the moment you stop, you are not alone.
In fact, so common is this phenomenon of sleep in motion in babies, Dr Sears has coined the term Motorway Fathering. He says:
“If your baby is so wound-up that he won’t wind down with any of your usual techniques, secure him safely in the car seat and take a ride, preferably on a long, monotonous road that has no stop signs or curves.”
From Baby Sleep Book
I am sure we would have engaged in some of this if only we had a car! Dr Sears recognises the importance of continued motion. There must not be stopping and starting. There must not be too many curves. The motion must be consistent, monotonous.
I used to think that mums with prams were forceful and pushed their way through crowds, never giving way to other pedestrians. But suddenly, after the Imp was born, I understood. If you have a sleeping baby in that pram, you must do everything within your power to keep moving. Do not stop for anyone or anything. You must keep that baby in motion. Now whenever I’m out walking and I see other mothers with that determined pram pushing look on their face, I salute them. And hastily step out of their way.