Unintentional CIO... Car seat advice?
So, I just got home from an awful car ride in which both baby and myself were in tears...
My little guy is 11 weeks old and absolutely hates his car seat... or the car... or both... Whenever I put him in the car, he always fusses or cries or screams for a bit, but then generally falls asleep. I feel terrible listening to him cry back there, but it usually lasts for only about 5 minutes and then he's out.
Well, today I had plans to make a trip to Target. The store is about 30-40 minutes away depending on traffic. 20 minutes into the ride, my poor baby boy was still crying/screaming away in the back seat with no signs of slowing down, so I chose to just turn the car around and come back home. For the next 15 minutes as I tried to race home as quickly as possible, he continued to cry/scream on and off.
I of course felt terrible and started crying myself, feeling helpless and unable to soothe LO while driving. I am not a proponent of CIO and I feel awful that I am essentially doing it in the car... allowing him to cry without coming in to hold/feed/rock/etc.
I just don't know what to do to help calm him down in the car. I stay home as much as possible, but have to go out at some point. I try to get him asleep and put him in the car seat sleeping... this works sometimes, but other times he wakes up as soon as I strap him in.
I am hoping that this is a phase he will grow out of? Any advice or tips that anyone might have about keeping baby happy in the car would be greatly appreciated :)
Mama to baby boy Lincoln... born May 19, 2012