Why my baby boy hates riding by car so much?

Adriana - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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We tried DVDs, gadgets, toys, blankets, nothing at all. What worked for your baby?

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Kaja - posted on 05/28/2013

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We have an iPad we use in the car and attached it like a DVD player. Instead of playing DVDs I had family members record themselves singing nursery songs and I put all the videos together with iMovie and made a long movie of everyone singing. He loves it!! Giggles and smiles the entire time. Loves mom and dads songs the best. We also recorded my husband and I making funny faces he loves that too.

Corrina - posted on 01/27/2009

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My almost 3-year-old hates the car and has since we brought her home. It got a little better once she was forward facing. She's always been really active so we think maybe she just doesn't like having to be confined. Still hoping one day we can travel more than 10 minutes without her whining and crying. Snacks and books did help a little once she was older.

Sigrid - posted on 01/26/2009

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My son also hated his infant carrier. Then, we realized that the crotch buckle was too tight, and he was literally sitting right on it, and it was uncomfortable for him. (He wears cloth diapers, so there's already a lot of bulk "down there"). Once we loosened the crotch strap to a different slot, he was much happier.

Ashly - posted on 01/26/2009

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i had to rearrange my schedule when we were giong to be in the car for a long tiem and plan it around her nap time.. as soon as i knew she was ready to fall asleep it was time to go! haha. anyways similar to what everyone else said one she was forward facing she wasn't necessarily cured from the crabbies but she definently warmed up to the idea after she realized she could see mommy

Adriana - posted on 01/26/2009

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Thanks all for your comments. And yes, I tried riding with him in the back, singing like a lunatic for him, comforting him. Nothing works. He is rear facing yet so maybe in a few months he will be facing forward and happy! 

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my daughter would scream every time she was put in her car  seat so as soon as she was old enough that i could turn her around i did and she was fine,she still done it in the seats in trollies at the super markets untill she was old enough to sit up properly.



if he is facing the front i would see a doctor about motion sickness.

Jolene - posted on 01/21/2009

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How old is your son? If he is still rear-facing in his car seat he may be feeling motion sickness because he cannot see anything. If motion sickness is the case I would try giving him some ginger shortly before the car ride.

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Time.  He got better when he graduated from the bucket seat to a rear facing. But he didn't really start to "enjoy" the car until he was forward facing.  He didn't like swings, carriers, and initially didn't like his stroller.  We think he just didn't like feeling confined.  On longer trips I sat in the back with him and played with him.  That helped but mostly it just took time before he was okay with the car.  Now, at 13 months, he still protests getting in his seat but usually settles down once we get moving. 

Lene - posted on 01/21/2009

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Maybe he feels sick?

My son is so much easier now when he's sitting 'the right way' in his seat :)

Hope you find a way!

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Have you spoken to your DR. an about motion sickness. My daughter suffered terrible and she would get so stressed about it.

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