My baby is 6 weeks old, and she has hated her carseat from the moment we first put her in it in the hospital. I try to not go anywhere with her unless someone else is with me, so I can sit in the backseat with her and try to console her. She usually screams so hard that she seems like she won't be able to breathe and we end up pulling over every few minutes so I can take her out of her seat. As soon as I pick her up she stops crying, and it makes me feel awful that I have to put her back in. I've tried exchanging her carseat, and the problem continues. She's not a fussy baby at home, but I do hold her a lot of the time, and she stops crying whenever I pick her up at home. I feel so badly that I have to let her cry when we're driving, but we live in a rural area and we have to drive to get anywhere. I can save many of my errands to do when my husband is home and can stay with her- but sometimes I need to get out of the house.
No one I ask has heard of this problem- everyone tells me their baby "loved the carseat" and driving in the car. I'm wondering if I should try to keep her home as much as possible, or if it would be better to just keep trying to take her out until she gets used to it? We tried hanging toys above her seat and she has a sleep sheep and a mirror to look at. Sometimes these distractions help, but not when she really wants to be held.
Has anyone else had to deal with this problem?
Thanks in advance!