Baby Hysterical in Carseat!!

Samantha - posted on 01/14/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2 1/2 months old and has never really cared for her carseat. Usually she would fuss/cry for 10-15 minutes and then fall asleep. The last 2 weeks she has been hysterical every time we have to drive somewhere.

For Dr. appointments or shopping at Walmart, etc we have to drive an hour to town. The last 2 trips she's been happy and quiet getting in and for the first 5-10 minutes and then all hell breaks loose. She has been so upset that I've stopped to soothe her, but as soon as I put her back in her seat to go it all starts again.

I've tried loosening the straps, playing white noise/static and lullabies, talking and singing to her, stripping her to a onsie so she's not too hot, hanging musical toys and her paci (which she doesn't care much for and she can't keep it in by herself anyway). When driving with someone I've even gotten in the back with her and that doesn't help either. I'm always sure she's changed, fed and burped before going anywhere. I've also tried planning rides during nap time so she'll be tired and hopefully go to sleep--which doesn't happen.

We have to figure something out! I can't stop the car every time my baby fusses, but I'm to the point where I don't want to take her anywhere cause she screams and screams. At stores I have to carry her or wear her in a moby, which is fine. But I can't stand listening to her scream for an hour one way. Suggestions PLEASE!!!

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Janine - posted on 01/28/2013

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My son did this as well, he is a year old now and has gotten better. What I did was just let him cry it out even though it could take a whole hour trip. He gets very attached to me and i continue to try not to pick him up when he crys all the time. So he knows he can't always get his way

Trinity River - posted on 01/26/2013

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Maybe she gets Car Sick because shes riding backwards? My daughter was SO this way! She didnt necessarily throw up all the time, but she would feel un well. Also, she may just not understand, and when a baby cries, its ok to let them do so. She has to learn trust by going through crying and knowing that you are there and that you will get to her.

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