Driving is the best way to get them to sleep

Baby sleeping in car seat

Baby sleeping in car seatParents of newborns drive the equivalent of John O’Groats to Land’s End one and a half times a year to get their newborns to sleep – spending an average of £547 on petrol.

Mothercare surveyed more than 1,000 parents of newborns to understand their driving habits. More than half of all parents (56 per cent) admit they use their cars as a ‘drop-off-to-sleep’ vehicle at least once a week – with the average journey starting at 9pm and lasting nearly half an hour.

New dads get behind the wheel the most, driving an average of 1827 miles in the first year compared with mums, who only drive 860 miles. Parents from London drive the furthest distance a year (2957 miles) closely followed by the East of England (1987 miles) and Scotland (1420 miles).

Top ten regions who drive around to put their newborn to sleep

  1. London = 2957 miles (£547)
  2. East of England = 1987 miles (£367)
  3. Scotland = 1420 miles (£263)
  4. Northern Ireland = 1150 miles (£213)
  5. South East = 1140 miles (£211)
  6. Yorks/Humber = 1113 miles (£206)
  7. North West = 1069 miles (£198)
  8. W. Midlands = 986 miles (£182)
  9. East Midlands = 911 miles (£168)
  10. North East = 508 miles (£94)

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