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20/08/2013 at 16:50
Normally A would be fine in the car and would normally fall asleep, even on short journeys, and would only really cry if she was hungry.
For the last couple of weeks though she is HATING it and every journey, without fail, ends in serious tears. I don't know what's changed?? I don't think the straps are too tight and she doesn't look uncomfortable.
Any thoughts? How do you calm your littlies while driving? I'm starting to dread going out in the car now :(
20/08/2013 at 16:56
Which car seat have you got? We've got the Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix. A got a bit restless in it a few weeks back, we took the head wedge out (not sure what you'd call it) and he's much better now.
20/08/2013 at 17:01
Its the silver cross ventura carseat.
I hadn't thought to remove the head wedge thingy...will do so for tomorrow!
20/08/2013 at 17:46
Could she be getting too hot? My little boy, though much older refuses to wear jumpers and jackets in the car because in his words "it's roasting!"
20/08/2013 at 18:22
We had exactly the same with F at around the same age. I dreaded going out in the car and often avoided it where I could. Thankfully it must have just been a phase so perhaps A is going through the same? We also had the same thing when putting him in the buggy but, again, it was just a phase x
20/08/2013 at 18:33
I don't think she's too hot - she was only in a vest and shorts today. I do hope it's just a phase!
20/08/2013 at 18:45
We had this too around this age and it drove me, absolutely bonkers as we do a hell of a lot of miles.
At it's worst, I was 30mins from home, an hour into a 90min drive and she wouldn't stop screaming now matter how much I sang, hummed, shh'd etc. Ended up coming off the motorway, she screamed for 2 solid hours at the side of the road, in some random housing estate until my brother and his GF came to rescue me, by which time it was 9.30..
She has, however grown out of it.. We'd removed the wedge already, there was no reason...
What we now have though is a mirror so I can see her, and I assume so she can see me back? Either way seeing herself really keeps her occupied, and there is always an array of toys now having off the carseat handle!
Really hope it passes soon for you.
20/08/2013 at 19:15
We had this, still do although it's not been too bad recently... he still cries but not the godawful SCREAMING he used to do. I can still hear the sound of his choking on his own saliva as he was crying so hard :'(
We tried absolutely everything and I mean everything... mirrors, toys, keeping him warm, cool, me driving, me sitting next to him, talking, singing, two different carseats, patting him, taking him when tired, taking him just after a nap... oh EVERYTHING!! We thought maybe he was carsick, but it can't have been that, as he'd often scream as soon as he was put in the seat.
We just avoided car journeys wherever possible for a few months, kept trying to start them again but failing, there was one embarrassing trip where I cried and cried in front of poor FIL as it stressed me out to see him so upset. At least in London there's fairly decent public transport.
Recently we have done very very short trips and tried to build them up a bit. He still cries after 5-10 minutes but as I say it's just normal fretful crying not the awful screaming. Generally for us it's best to take him when he's tired but not exhausted and a couple of times he's even fallen asleep (radio off, absolute silence).
Good luck, hugs and sympathy xxx
20/08/2013 at 19:34
20/08/2013 at 19:46
We took E's wedge and headrst out at about 10 weeks old I think as she used to scream every time we put her in the car seat - and she is only a tiny one, only about 11lb now at 16 weeks!! I checked on the MaxiCosi website and they confirmed that the wedge is purely comfort and not a safety feature. E magically stopped screaming when we removed it!!
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