Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Inland Empire, CA
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I so understand the crying in the car. I know it sounds terrible and you feel like you can't do anything.
I found that w/ my daughter she hated being in the sun so I had to do anything I could to help w/ that. Also, she likes when I sing--esp. Christmas songs and gymboree songs. I do also have her CD in the car so that I turn that on. She also liked country (Kenny Rodgers "The Gambler" there's something about the beat and tone of his voice). Another thing, the carseat...my dd hated the "bucket". Don't know if you use one but when I got the convertiable carseat she was a bit happier w/ it. I do give her a paci too for car rides; it seems to help. If I'm alone w/ her and she's fussy, I'll pull over somewhere and get in the backseat. I don't take her out right away unless I know it's a diaper problem and I lean over and nurse her while she's in her carseat. I do this b/c I've found that if I take her out, it's actually worse. She doesn't want to get back in and then we never get going, KWIM?
I just want to warn/cation you about nursing while in a moving car. I've done and w/o knowing the risks. I know Sears advises this technique but w/o informing you of any risks. In an acident, there is the chance of crushing your child b/c of the position you must get yourself into. Also, not only is there a risk to your child, but since you must loosen the seat belt so you can get closer, you run the risk of harming yourself more than if you were belted properly. After learning about these dangers, I will not nurse while moving. I always pull over now. Also, I found that if I sit in back w/ her, she's more fussy, but if dad or someone esle is w/ her she's fine and will play happily. YK, I think it's because she knows that don't have the magic boobies!
As some comfort, as she gets older, it does get better. I love Sears quote about babies---Gestation is really 18 months. 9 months inside and 9 months outside. It seemed true w/ dd. Once she hit around 9 1/2 months she was much happier and easy going.