Mary Renee - posted on 01/17/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )
Here's the deal. I don't believe in Crying It Out, and my daughter wakes up every hour and a half at night, so that's saying alot (we're co-sleeping and I nurse her in the sidelying position but it's killing my back and I'm still totally sleep deprived for never getting more than 1.5 hours of sleep at a time! but that's for another thread!)
However, sometimes she ends up "crying it out" in the car because I just... don't have a choice. Everytime we go anywhere, whether it's running errands, or recreational, or to Stroller Strides, or whatever, I always make sure she's well-fed, has a fresh diaper and I nurse her right before we leave. Then when we get to said destination, I always change her diaper and nurse her before we head back home to make sure she's not hungry or dirty.
Nonetheless, sometimes she cries when she's in her car seat. I try talking to her, singing to her, clapping, listening to music... but it's not like I can pull over on the highway every time she cries. I mean, I live in Hawaii so no where we go is THAT far away but sometimes (I'd say maybe once every two weeks or so) she ends up crying in the car and then crying herself to sleep.
Would this have the same impact as crying it out at night time? I mean, she never cries for more than six or seven minutes. I hate it, but I'm practically a single mom and I manage to nurse on demand, co-sleep, wear her or carry her when ever she needs comfort but sometimes the car HAS to get a safety inspection or it has to be registered or we need groceries or we HAVE to go to the doctor and what am I supposed to do?