How to sooth a baby in a car seat

Ebonie - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have a 10 week old baby and everytime I have to go somewhere she screams to the top of her lungs. Trying to use a pacifier doesnt work because she doesnt like them. I need HELP!!!

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Ebonie - posted on 07/22/2009

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thanks you evryone, I will try the static, toys, and go to walmart and get a Little People Cd. Anything to stop this screaming.

Robyn - posted on 07/21/2009

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Is she comfortable in her car seat?
I tried everything with my middle child, music, static, pacifier, toys even yelling and singing really loudly nothing seemed to work. It turned out his little tummy was squished up in the car set and he didn't like it, I only found out because a girlfriend popped over to take us out and the car seat she had in her car was slightly different to the one I had.

Dawn - posted on 07/21/2009

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Ok...this is REALLY hard. I have so been there. Baby #3 hated her car seat and would scream non-stop whenever in it. She did this no matter what, and we tried EVERYTHING. We even switched seats. Finally, we just simply had to plan short trips and endure....and it is HARD to listen to them scream. She started to stop the screaming at around a year old after we turned the car seat...I know...I know...they now say to try to leave them rear-facing until age 2...but the law is still 12 months and we couldn't stand it anymore. I don't know how encouraging my post is, but just know you aren't alone and there may be nothing you can do to stop the screaming--and that doesn't mean you are doing anything wrong!

Alana - posted on 07/21/2009

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I used a soft blanket type toy that I only gave to them (my twins) in the car seat. I called them their "car seat friends". Plus, my electronic obsessed husband rigged up a portable dvd player on the back headrest facing the car seats so that we can play baby dvd's for them as distraction while in the car. Seems to work. They never really had too much of an issue with it. I also make sure to take them out once a day or every other day, so they get used to it. Good luck!

Abbie - posted on 07/21/2009

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I bought the little people music cd, from wal mart. We played it over and over and OVER......... my son loves the ants go marching on- he still loves it. Try that find music they love. My son hated the paci too. I remember time he screamed for 35 minutes in his seat. They just hate their seats, but I really recommend that CD.

Jen - posted on 07/21/2009

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I always use my pinky upside down for the baby to suck. For some reason they like that better than a pacifier... if you can reach them while driving it may help.

Diana -n Craig - posted on 07/21/2009

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My daughter loves it when we sing Bingo to her; even when it's daddy and he is definitely not the singer in the family :) The repetition I think is what helped her. She also doesn't like pacificiers but would suck on a clean middle finger placed in the roof of her mouth (MD's suggestion to help with colic). This of course was hard to do in the car, but I did sometimes at stoplights or whatever to calm her.

Cathralynn - posted on 07/21/2009

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We put toys on the infant carrier. There's a type you can get where you tug on it and it plays music. My daughter loved it and learned eventually how to do it herself. We had to replace it when it got dropped and the music stopped playing. She also used it as a teether so we added teething toys later. The goal is to get long toys that the babies can actually see or reach when older.

Jen - posted on 07/20/2009

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Try looking into buying a "Zaky" pillow. Its the shape and feel of a womans arm. It was something I thought was a cute idea but once I bought it, it really did help with my son when I can't be holding him.

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Static works very well for my son, or even music will work. You might try giving her a toy to play with and look at. They make some that will hang from the handle of an infant carrier that you could try.

Tiffany - posted on 07/20/2009

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I don't know if it will work for you, but it is worth a try. I use to turn the radio to a station that I could not pick up ( the static ones) and turn it up loud....he would immediately stop crying and go to sleep....I thought it reminded him of the sounds he may of heard in my tummy. Give it a try and let me know if it works for you. :)

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