Our 4-month-old cries every time he is in his car seat. We have tried toys, music, someone in the back seat with himwe even bought sunglasses in case the light hurts his eyes. We have also tried a different car seat. Nothing helps. Has he already learned that his crying will get attention? Could he be carsick? Both parents are prone to it.
Congratulations on your resolve to keep him safe in the car by putting him in his car seat. No trip should find him anywhere else, even if he makes a fuss.
That said, there are a few things you need to check out. Is the car seat positioned and adjusted correctly for his age and weight? He probably had a growth spurt last month and may need to have the seat and strap positions adjusted. His car seat should be placed in the middle of the car's back seat, out of direct sunlight. Is anything rubbing or cutting into him? Some infant
s are very sensitive to touch and may do better if they have some padding around them for a firmer, more swaddled feeling. Don't put anything between him and the straps, however. Is he lonely in the back seat? Be sure someone is around to be the social director for his trip. Motion sickness does run in families, and if he's linked feeling queasy with riding in the car, he may anticipate being sick. If he vomits during most rides, that may be a consideration. Overheating can be a big problem, so be sure he doesn't have a sweaty head, the first sign of overheating in an infant
No, he's not reacting like this to just to get your attention and prompt your irritation. He's not that manipulative at this age. Some sensitive babies respond to every change and constraint with distress, and all infant
s at this age like social interaction. He's letting you know that something isn't right, and you'll need to discover which part of the car seat experience is most distressing and ease it if you can. In the meantime, buckle him up.