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    Default HELP 8wk old HATES the car

    As the title suggests my 8wk old is a nightmare in the car. She is ok if she is asleep when we put her in the car (as long as we tuck her in tightly). But otherwise she screams and cries until she is hysterical and will not stop until either we get her out I or someone sits in the back with her to soothe her to sleep. This is getting to be a real issue and I would love to know if anyone else has any suggestions on how to overcome this.

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    My 4 month old hates the car seat too. Sometimes a whitenoise app on my phone helps him to sleep.

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    My DD was also terrible in the car till we turned her seat forward at 6mths. Till then we either kept drives to under 5min if awake or in her nap times.

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    My DS was the same. It used to stress me out so much and I'd end up crying by the end of the journey as well. We got my son a mirror etc so he could theoretically see us but it really didn't help. I turned him around as soon as I could (6 months I think) and that helped things.

    I'm afraid to say I really don't think it's one of those things that can be helped, it just needs to be lived with until she grows out of it!

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    I would try maybe a musical toy thing for her to listen to maybe? At 8 weeks there's not much you can do really. My DD loved the car until a couple of weeks ago when we spent 12 hours driving. But she's 6 months. I'm now walking her everywhere lol and she won't be forward facing until at least 3 years old so I'm hoping the break helps.

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    We have just recently gone forward facing and has helped somewhat, the only things I use to do before every car ride was make sure DS is fed, nappy changed and has some toys to keep him occupied (I also change the toys weekly to keep him interested) but even then we would have those car rides where I would end up in tears.
    Good luck and hope your baby gets better in the car soon

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    I think most babies hate car rides at some point. Try mirrors, dummy, someone sitting in the back, music etc.

    My DS used to hate it too but he got over it. He's now 13 months and still rear facing

    I would never change him to forward facing just because he hated the car. I'd rather out up with a tantrum than possibly a severley injured (or worse) child.

    Research shows that kids should be rear facing as long as possible. Overseas most are rear facing till 4 years!! Australia is behind...

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    Yeah I know all the arguments for rear facing but a hysterical baby and hysterical mother speeding to get home was a lot more dangerous in our case! I'm glad your LO settled for you. Good luck OP!

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    Could it be because she has wind or is uncomfortable in the seat? I know my son was awful in the car if he wasn't burped/winded properly or if put in immediately after a feed.

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    Sadly my DS hated the car too from birth until last week when I gave in and got a dvd player lol. He is nearly two.

    He screamed every trip, from point A to B. It was stressful, awful and hard to deal with. I didn't turn him forward facing until 15 months, when he hit 12kgs. Everyone nagged and nagged me to turn him from 6 months on as that was why he was crying. I wasn't going to turn him early no matter what, I get the screaming kid argument, trust me, I dealt with it for 15 months but please don't turn little ones early.

    For the record, turning him around made absolutely zip difference. In fact it was worse because he could see me and couldn't figure out why I wasn't picking him up. We limited driving and learnt the train timetable haha.

    Honestly, playschool is the ONLY thing that has made any difference here, tried mirrors, snacks, dummies, music, toys, someone in the back...

    Sadly some kids just aren't into the car!


 

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