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Old 08-19-2011, 02:08 PM   #1
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Baby hates being in the car...

My baby is 4 weeks old and already absolutely hates the car. Definitely no taking her for a ride to get her to sleep!

Another mom suggested putting some extra padding (like quilt batting or something) between her car seat cover and the carseat, to see if that would make her more comfortable. The cover does seem really thin, but I keep thinking that wouldn't be safe.

She's riding in a Baby Trend Flex Loc infant seat.

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Old 08-19-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
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Re: Baby hates being in the car...

My son absolutely detested his carseat! I think it was just bc he couldn't move around in it and he liked (still likes) to stretch. Also, my son is warm-natured so I think he got a little stuffy (too warm) in it so he was uncomfortable. Now that it's summer, I start the car and crank up the AC for a minute to cool the interior before we leave so he smiles when I put him in the seat and plays or falls asleep during rides.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:23 PM   #3
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Re: Baby hates being in the car...

Mevans, sometimes you can find quilty blanket things on like etsy that are made for carseats. They have holes for the straps to go through, etc. The idea is for cold places, you can keep them in a blanket.

of course, then there's the belief that kids shouldn't wear coats in a carseat for safety reasons, so I don't know how they'd feel about those.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:25 PM   #4
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Re: Baby hates being in the car...

Please never put anything that did not come with your car seat in between your baby's body and the seat.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:35 PM   #5
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Re: Baby hates being in the car...

Is your LO refluxy at all? Our LO had MAJOR trouble with her bucket seat, just the way it was shaped put to much pressure on her tummy

I am a SUPER attached Mama and if you are too your LO is used to Mama's comfy body not a seat all alone in the back of the car. If this is the case I promise in will get easier. Cushions are big no nos and I doubt that is the issue anyway. Babies sleep in cribs and pack and plays all of the time and they are designed to be very firm.
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:59 PM   #6
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Re: Baby hates being in the car...

Definitely do NOT put anything between your baby and the seat, or between your baby and the harness straps.

How set are you on using the portability aspect of the infant seat? If you are okay with leaving the car seat in the car all the time, then I'd go ahead and try out some convertible seats. It could be that the baby will like one of those more. Watch that the straps on the seat are at or below the baby's shoulder level, otherwise the seat is too big for you baby. (Even seats that are rated down to 5# might be too big, surprisingly.) Good luck!
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Re: Baby hates being in the car...

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Mevans, sometimes you can find quilty blanket things on like etsy that are made for carseats. They have holes for the straps to go through, etc. The idea is for cold places, you can keep them in a blanket.

of course, then there's the belief that kids shouldn't wear coats in a carseat for safety reasons, so I don't know how they'd feel about those.
http://carseatsmadeeasy.blogspot.com...in-winter.html


Hopefully seeing those pics will make you change your mind. I never saw an issue with it either until I've seen visuals of how much it really makes a difference.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:21 PM   #8
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Re: Baby hates being in the car...

My LO hated her carseat also!! We hardly went anywhere for her first year cause she would cry the whole time I am all for extended rear facing but with my DD at just over a year we turned her around and the car was a much happier place
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Re: Baby hates being in the car...

My DD also hated the car for the first 4-5 months. We had a 45 min commute (each way) to work/daycare and she literally screamed the whole way

I tried different seats, music, having DS sit right next to her and talk to her... nothing helped, and unfortunately, going to work wasn't optional! BUT, she did outgrow it! Hang in there, I know how stressful it is to hear them crying in the car
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:40 PM   #10
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Re: Baby hates being in the car...

Try putting him into a convertible seat. My DD hated, detested her infant seat. I moved her into a convertible, and though it isn't her favorite place to be, she doesn't mind it anymore. But until she fit into the convertible I had (Decathlon at the time, now she's in a Advocate CS 70) riding in the car was torture for us all.

ETA: sorry...try putting HER
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