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I have a 5 week old little boy. I would like him to take a pacifier only in the car seat when he gets fussy.<br><br>
Are their babies that just take a pacifier? This is my third one and none of them would have anything to do with it. The car is the only time I've ever tried one.<br><br>
Should I continue to try? I got three different kinds, he said NO to them all!<br><br>
He nurses very well and breastfeeding is well established.<br><br>
If he won't take it, I will continue to stop when he cries, get him out or nurse him in the carseat. I just don't let babies cry in this family. It just makes getting anywhere on time a very hard thing to predict.
 

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My little boy (almost 4 months now) did not like riding in the car and would cry a lot. I too tried to have him take a pacifier even though I really don't like them but he wouldn't have anything to do with it. Like you, I don't let my baby cry either. I pulled over and comforted him each time and eventually he would fall asleep. It made going anywhere very stressful for me though. My SIL gave me a tip to play children's music in the car. She said that for her daughter it calmed her down a lot. So I tried it and it worked! I have a cd that is just music, no singing, and he seems to love it. So between that and a toy I found that he seems to like we are doing much better and getting places much quicker. Maybe it will work for you too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My daughter didnt take one. She gags on it. I just hand her toys off the handle on the car seat and she like to stare at them. Music helps too. It doesnt have to be kids music. Lilly loves Ben Folds.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have a 5 week old little boy. I would like him to take a pacifier only in the car seat when he gets fussy.<br><br>
Are their babies that just take a pacifier? This is my third one and none of them would have anything to do with it. The car is the only time I've ever tried one.<br><br>
Should I continue to try? I got three different kinds, he said NO to them all!<br><br>
He nurses very well and breastfeeding is well established.<br><br>
If he won't take it, I will continue to stop when he cries, get him out or nurse him in the carseat. I just don't let babies cry in this family. It just makes getting anywhere on time a very hard thing to predict.</div>
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psh. i wish.. it takes me 45 minutes to go two miles to the library <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">.<br><br>
dd1 did this until she was forward facing. Im hoping that doesnt happen again.
 

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I knew I wasn't the only one! He's just so young! I carry him most all the time and I know he just doesn't understand why he is strapped in an inanimate thing called a carseat.<br><br>
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll try the music. I often have the radio on either classic rock or country or talk radio but not specifically kid music.
 

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I was just talking the other day to a new mom friend of mine who said she puts the car radio on a staticky station to provide white noise, which soothed her baby (about the same age as yours). She said it drove her nuts, of course, but I thought what a good idea! I never thought to try that.<br><br>
My DD never liked the carseat when she was tiny, either. I tried everything; she would never take a pacifier, either. I just hated going anywhere by myself, because she would scream and scream and like you I can't stand to let my baby cry. I found it was just easier to go places with DH rather than alone--so one of us could sit in the back with her and entertain her. We still do this and she is 22 months now!
 

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How old are your older kids? My baby wouldn't take a pacifier from me in the car, but if one of my older daughters sat next to her they could give her one. They would rub her cheeks and talk to her and it usually worked. She got happier in the car around 3 months so we stopped giving her the pacifier then.
 

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My LO hated the car. He would scream and scream. I tried everything- singing, music, sitting next to him while DP drives. I would pull over multiple times on every trip to calm him down. I decided to try a pacifier only for the car ride. He rejected it at first and would spit it out. So I squeezed out a few drops of my milk onto the tip of it and tried it again- he has loved it ever since. I still only use it in the car when he is upset. And it hasn't interfered with breastfeeding at all!! Good luck momma!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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This is #4 for me and none of mine have taken a pacifier, either, although I really tried. #3 did eventually suck her fingers which was so helpful!
 

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oooh, the white noise is a good idea, the vent in the bathroom works during showers, so maybe that will too. thanks!<br><br>
we are listening to a jerry garcia/ david grisman CD called "NOT for children only"... it seems to work "sometimes"
 
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