Need Help with Car Seat Dilemma

Allison - posted on 09/10/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 6 month old daughter hates her car seat. She cries most of the time while being in her car seat and most of the time it is just us two driving in the vehicle. When her dad is with us he sits in the back with her to keep her company, but when it is just us two I feel so helpless and it hurts me to have to listen to her cry in the back seat while I drive. Any ideas as to what I could do??

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Alicia - posted on 09/11/2010

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I hate to be the one to say it, but somebody has to. Her dad sitting in the back with her is probably causing the problem. She gets bored without him back there. Like the other posters said, try some toys. If you're going a short distance or making several stops, try telling her where you're going. If you're going on a long road trip, try scheduling it around the start of her nap time or getting a DVD player for her.

Dara - posted on 09/10/2010

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I have a mirror on the back of the seat for my little one, and she loves looking at herself and making faces etc. It works really well for me, and then I can see her in the rearview mirror as well. I usually pack snacks in the car too, like little rice rusks or something, and a pacifier and a sippy cup or bottle. My kid loves to eat, so that usually quiets her down. She chucks toys over the edge of the seat, so only the ones that attach are good for us. What about music? That might help, if you sing along too.

Lisa - posted on 09/10/2010

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Maybe try taking her out of the infant carseat and try the bigger rear facing carseats that can be turned around to forward facing. My son got too big for the infant carseat and needed more space before he was able to be forward facing.

Amanda - posted on 09/10/2010

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do you have a mirror on the back so she can see you? or even one of those toys that you can attach to the seat that she can kick or stare at. i know i hate them.. but if its really alot to handle.. would a sookie help? my son used to take them for long drives.. but we dont use them anymore.. but if it helps her stay calm and you can keep the peace! maybe try that or a toy.. mirrors are always fun :) good luck!

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