DS can be like that sometimes. If it's not a long trip then I nut it out and sing his somg to him - he has a magic song too - Hush Little Baby. Otherwise I stop.
I hope DS grows out of it too - I don't know how many more times I can sing that song!
I could have written this post word for word.
With my first bub I just gave up driving altogether and went nowhere with her except the doctors for 6 months. I was housebound and miserable about it too.
I have a 10 week old and my first bub is now 3. I cannot expect miss 3 to be a hermit, so I do go out a few times a week.
bubby screams and it's horrible, but I figure if I keep stopping it prolongs the agony so I'm better off to just keep driving and concentrate on the road.
I just choose locations that are not too far away from home.
I'm not miserable like I was with first bub. My mental health is better off getting out and about in the world a bit more this time.
At least you know it's not just you and loads of crying Mums and babies are out there on the road at the same time as you!
DS was a screamer for his first six months RF. He would cry and scream and cough and choke. A couple of times he vomited.
I tried pulling over and comforting him and/or feeding him, but as soon as I put him into his chair again he would start back up. There were times when I was by the side of the road for an hour or more trying to settle him.
After almost being in (and causing) several accidents due to me being distracted, crying and sleep deprived I turned him at 6 months, even though I wanted to go to 12, and had purchased a car seat that would have allowed that.
We now enjoy car trips. We can sing and talk. I can pass food back to him if he wants it. We've even done several interstate car trips.
I might get shot down for saying this, but sometimes it IS safer to have a baby
Dd is only three months so all of these might not be age appropriate, but here are a few things that i don't think have been mentioned that are helping with dd-
Put one of your tshirts in the car seat so bub can smell you (I think this has actually helped)
Turn aircon/vents on high for the white noise
I just took the sunshade off the back window and dd seems to be happier looking around
I have this car gallery and she seems to like it:
I'm so glad to read this thread. My ILs think I'm insane for not letting dd cry it out in the car and my childhood nurse's response was that dd (then 8 weeks) needed to learn to 'tough it out'.
I remember one night I was driving from Newport to Rouse Hill, which is a distance and DD had her dummy and blanky, and she threw her dummy in the car and was SCREAMING so I stopped at the first servo, and searched my car HIGH AND LOW for this dummy. In the end I gave her a cuddle and said tough luck sister, you're on your own LOL She is a bit older than some of your bubs tho... she is almost 2. So she understands not to throw her dummy away.
My daughter screams every time in the car without fail.. She just screams for her life. I have tried every trick. Once when we got stuck in traffic I breastfed her in the car. :/ I felt I really had no choice as we couldn't pull to the side, we had a long wait in traffic and even with me sitting beside her she wouldn't calm.. It may have actually made it worse. So I have very little advice as nothing has worked for me.. But if you really need to get away from the house, or you have errands to do.. I think you just have to accept that sometimes your baby will cry.. No its not ideal, but its not ideal to never go anywhere and become miserable and feel trapped. Its great to be responsive. But our needs matter too sometimes.
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Oh wow thanks I have some great tips will give them a shot. Im heading out this morning see how we go yet again
My baby girl is 5 months old now and she used to scream at the top of her lungs and kind of push her chest up to strain against the infant carrier restraints. It was heartbreaking - we were both such a mess during and after each car trip that we stopped travelling anywhere. Resorted to online shopping and getting hubby to grab anything else. But the way she used to react it was more than just not being able to see me. So we tried putting all car windows down a couple of centimetres and placed a smiling picture of me on the back seat and gave her a few scrunchy toys to play with. We've had fantastic car trips for 2 months now. Think it was probably the air pressure on her ears more than anything else. So windows are always down a bit now.
Ahhhh thank goodness this is over
things are awesome in the car now
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