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Anonymous

My baby cries and cries in the carseat. He has a comfy one too. I will put him facing forward when he turns 1, he's big already but just to be safe I'm waiting until the year. Any suggestions on how he can calm down? He doesn't!

  • Anonymous
    Oct 25, 2017

    Mine does the same, I think he hates being restricted and gets car sick! Try distraction. I don't do screen time normally, but I make an exception for the car (we live far from family so I can't have him screaming the whole time). Singing and reciting books helps. It's tough no matter what! In most instances, I think it's safer to stay facing backwards even past the 1 year mark so if you can find a workaround, that might be best. Good luck!

  • Anne
    Oct 25, 2017

    Some kids do this. It suuuucks. Mine went through this phase while I was heavily pregnant, so imagine the scene we made while I was struggling to restrain him enough to put the straps on with my huge baby bump 🙄 Then he would scream and scream. Eventually he stopped, I think he just outgrew it. I would just double-check to make sure something isn't causing him to be uncomfortable. Could you maybe borrow a different kind of carseat from a friend and see if that's any better? Also watch out for sunlight — put up a window shade in case that's part of the problem. If he's not uncomfortable and he's just objecting to being in the seat, I'm not sure there's much you can do except hope that he grows out of it. :/

  • vivi shaffer
    Oct 25, 2017

    You might try changing out the car seat. It may be too comfey or may not like the feeling or angle of your current one. I've used toys in the car and things that dangle from the bucket seat, music, and maybe even a mirror so he can see you or himself. I've read articles that say that you should wait until 2 year old to switch to forward facing due to their spine development, even if they hit the weight limit by law. Just a safety concern since they are so very vulnerable at this age :)

  • Sharae
    Oct 25, 2017

    Maybe he feels lonely try getting a mirror so he can see himself or you .

  • Liz
    Oct 25, 2017

    Very strongly suggest waiting until at least two to FF. There are many states changing the law to two because of all the research about it. Our daughter screamed the first year in the seat. Helped when we switched her from a bucket infant seat to a convertible seat. (More room.) listening to kids music loud helped too. It gets better! Hang in there!

  • Mrs. HHH
    Oct 25, 2017

    Do you use snacks? Kid friendly music (Elmo Disney etc)? A new book? Fun toys that he only gets in the car? My kid hates the car too but these items have helped somewhat. He is still RF and he’s 2yo. I hope you’ll wait till he’s at least 2 before FF car seat. Like other poster said, it’s the law. And the safest!

  • Mandy
    Oct 25, 2017

    My baby usually calms down if we crack the windows a bit. I don't know if she likes the cool air or the noise, but it helps her to calm down and fall asleep.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 25, 2017

    Thank you all so much!! I'll try everything you guys suggested. Its true, I will keep him rear facing until he's 2.

  • Laura
    Oct 25, 2017

    Do you have a mirror so he can see himself? That's a great distraction. I also sing to my daughter when she gets fussy.

  • Em
    Oct 26, 2017

    could be car sickness...my sister did this when she was little and it turns out that she’s pretty sensitive to backseat riding to this day...notmuch you can do about that at this age, but perhaps a cracked window or some gripe water/gas drops in advance of long rides?

  • April
    Oct 27, 2017

    What car seat is it? My baby LOTHED the Even Flow infant seat but did great with Graco. I think it was a reclining issue. Have you took baby to a chiropractor to get adjusted? Blowing bubbles with the air vent always worked for me too. PLEASE PLEASE wait until baby is at least 2 years old to turn around. The longer baby rear facing, the safer they are.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 27, 2017

    He has a mirror :) Its the Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Max convertible carseat. I love the bubble idea thanks!