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July 4th, 2011, 09:40 AM
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My now 4 month old has been struggling in the car since 2 months. I am filled with guilt as I am anti cry it out but we need to get home! Any suggestions?
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July 4th, 2011, 10:45 AM
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We haven't had any real issue's with this but if and when Colton does get upset in the car I sing to him. When he was little he loved 'You Are My Sunshine' and the ABC's lol Now it's 'Itsy Bitsy Spider'. But it works.
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July 4th, 2011, 12:13 PM
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Juliana was like that and still is to an extent at 11 months! I seriously stopped going anywhere without someone else to sit with her in the backseat for a while. What I've found that helps are making sure she has lots of toys, plus snacks (which your LO is a bit young for). If I give her a cookie, that's usually good for at least 5 minutes. I also try my best to avoid being out close to nap time, because she's much more likely to have a melt-down when she's tired. Finally, I know it sounds awful but I limit where we go to places that we can get to in 10 minutes or under if we don't have someone to sit in the back seat. If someone else can go, I let them drive and I sit in the back so I can nurse her.
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July 4th, 2011, 04:15 PM
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My DS1 hated the car up until almost a year old. Would scream his head off every time & it just killed me! I honestly never went anywhere longer than 15 minutes alone.

What did work is we bought a CD of little kids singing kid songs. Itsy Bitsy Spider over & over & over!!
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July 4th, 2011, 04:39 PM
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we had some issues like that when DD was that age. Being in the back with her helped, but if it was just me and her, singing to her helped a lot. (((hugs))))
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July 4th, 2011, 07:54 PM
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DD was that way. Is he in an infant seat or a convertible? She seemed to like the convertible MUCH better, and small infants fit well in several types of convertibles. Is that something you're willing to try?
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July 5th, 2011, 06:05 AM
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DD was that way. Is he in an infant seat or a convertible? She seemed to like the convertible MUCH better, and small infants fit well in several types of convertibles. Is that something you're willing to try?
I was going to ask this same thing. If you need help picking a convertible feel free to come ask on Car Seat Safety - JustMommies Message Boards
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July 5th, 2011, 07:53 AM
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Dh drove and I leaned over the carseat and nursed - that's the only thing that worked for DD1!
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July 5th, 2011, 07:30 PM
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DS went through that (sometimes still does)! I had/have some success with singing to him - and right now he is in love with Sesame (got a 3 disc set of Sesame songs) and when he hears Bert & Ernie and especially songs with Elmo he usually chills out. When he was that little though, me singing along to something familiar (Itsy Bitsy Spider especially) helped. Classical music was a HUGE help for a while. I would put either a classical cd on or find a classical station. Sometimes I cranked it a little loud at first and when he heard it over his screaming he stopped. Of course I turned the volume way back down fast.

Do you have a mirror back there? Maybe hang one of those car mirrors and put a picture of your face so he can see you?

Good luck and hang in there!
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